New public works director enjoying new challenges
BETHANY - Meet Alan Green, the new Public Works director for the town. The longtime resident said he looks forward to going to work each day and serving the residents he calls neighbors.
"I look forward to working with the townspeople and do whatever I can for them," Green said.
"I'm the type of guy who enjoys going to work. I enjoy the people and the challenges work presents. New challenges are a good thing," Green said.
Green replaces Cliff Rosson who was discharged in December.
"He replaces Cliff Rosson who overstepped his authority and purchased a $115,000 Sterling Dump truck without the approval of the Board of Selectmen which is required by our town ordinance in spite of the fact that he had followed proper procedures in 2004 in purchasing a similar truck," First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski said. "He also made an arrangement to trade in two trucks to apply toward the purchase price," Gorski added.
Before joining the town Green worked for the Gowans-Knight Company in Watertown as a fire apparatus technician for 2 ½ years. Before that he was employed by RJ Guerrera Inc. in Beacon Falls for 27 years in various positions last as fleet manager in charge of the entire building. He was responsible for a fleet of 38 trucks, 70 trailers and three terminals. Additionally, he has taken numerous management courses, dealt with compliance and personnel issues as well as overseeing purchasing equipment and supplies.
Originally from Orange, he moved in 1982 to Bethany. In the early years Green said he worked for Rowland Hines paving business, where he first got interested in trucks and heavy equipment.
Green said he is a hands-on sort of guy.
"I won't ask anyone to do anything I wouldn't do myself," he said.
He has various certificates in maintenance, heavy equipment and is a certified mechanic who can operate all sorts of equipment.
He has also been a volunteer firefighter for 38 years and has been the assistant fire chief in town for the past three years.
"It's a pleasure to work with the firefighters. They are a great bunch of guys who are up to speed and true professionals," he said. "It's an honor to be part of their leadership," Green added.
When asked if he was planning any changes to the department he said not at the moment.
"Nothing off the bat but we will be making a lot of improvement to the grounds and getting up to present day standards,' he said citing upgrading and maintaining the first aid kits on a regular basis for employee safety as an example.
He also said there might be some old equipment that might go out to bid later on.
One area he wants to work on is the recycling center.
"The Recycling Center needs to be upgraded. I want to put a shed up for the fellows that oversee the area to keep them out of the elements," he said explaining they work an average of 10 hours a day.
Green said he has a good crew of employees.
"They do excellent work," he said. "And we are working on getting the building organized right now," he said.
Gorski said she knew exactly the type of person she wanted for the job and was happy to have found Green.
"It was very important to me that we hire someone with supervisory experience. Alan has extensive supervisory experience and his knowledge of the equipment is first rate. He's certified to work on fire apparatus which is more complex than heavy equipment," she said.
"The fact that he is the assistant fire chief means there is a fire official in town all the time," Gorski said.