By Warren P. Russo Correspondent
Newburyport Daily News
---- — MERRIMAC — Longtime Merrimac Building Commissioner Robert Sinibaldi was unanimously voted in as director of the town’s Department of Public Works at last week’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
Sinibaldi will replace John Riordan of SGC Engineering, who has been acting DPW director since February.
“I’m very pleased that we were able to name Bob Sinibaldi as our new DPW director,” said Selectman Laura Mailman.
“We had some really bright people that we interviewed and gave it a lot of thought, but Bob is the right person for the job.
“He has great energy and knowledge and we have every confidence in his ability to do the job to a very high standard.”
Mailman noted that they had interviewed at least six other people, and “while some of them were clearly very bright, none could compare to Bob Sinibaldi.”
She added that since Sinibaldi has been the building commissioner for quite a while, he really “knows what’s going on” in Merrimac and “understands how things are supposed to be done.”
“Now, with Bob as the director, I feel that we’ll be able to bring the Department of Public Works in line with all the other town departments,” said Mailman.
“The vote was unanimous in his favor, and we’re all very pleased to have him in this role. Bob has been with the town for many years and is truly the best person for the job and I’m really looking forward to working with him in his new capacity as DPW director.”
Sinibaldi was selected out of a pool of 23 applicants for the job, six of whom were interviewed by the selectmen. Salary for the position had not been determined as of press time.
The move will apparently end the conflict-of-interest controversy surrounding Riordan’s dual role as a special town employee, while also serving as senior project manager for Merrimac’s water supply and wastewater processing projects.
Sinibaldi, who has been a frequent critic of Riordan’s management style, was not available for comment on his appointment.