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Scituate names Cafferty acting public works director

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 21, 2014 11:39 AM

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Scituate's town engineer, Kevin Cafferty, has been named acting director of public works through Sept. 1.

Town officials announced the interim appointment on Thursday, saying Cafferty will be handling all DPW projects and issues in place of retired DPW Director Al Bangert, who concluded a five-year stint in the role on Dec. 1.

Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi said plans for a permanent DPW chief had not yet been decided.

"[The appointments] are in effect until September, and we will evaluate and determine next steps then," she said in an email.

Cafferty said he would be interested in taking over the director role permanently, but agreed that things were up in the air. “It’s a feeling out process, seeing how everything works out, seeing what it’s like,” he said.

Despite the unknown, little will change for now, Cafferty said.

“Should be the same as what’s been going on in the past with us,” Cafferty said, noting that he has been filling in for some aspects of the role since Bangert’s retirement.

Cafferty has worked for Scituate since 2009 in the engineering supervisor role. Prior to that, he was highway superintendent in Lexington.

Engineer Sean McCarthy has been appointed as Interim town engineer in Cafferty’s place.

Cafferty said Bangert is still acting as a consultant on several projects, including the wind turbine, solar array, and cable TV.

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