ROSEBORO — Town officials are looking forward to continuing to see growth in the western Sampson County town. To accommodate that growth, commissioners approved a promotion during a recent closed session meeting.
According to Tony Blalock, town clerk, the board has approved promoting Billie Poole to full-time public works director. In March, Poole began working with the town of Roseboro in the Public Works Department on a part-time basis when a full-time employee was out on medical leave. In April, the board approved moving Poole to a full-time position. Poole’s promotion is effective immediately and will come with a salary of $31,200.
Employees of the Public Works Department keep busy performing maintenance and repairs, while maintaining the water and sewer system and streets. Blalock said the addition of Poole helps accommodate the increased workload the department is experiencing.
“He brings a strong skill set to the town from the construction and utility construction sector, and Billie can operate many kinds of heavy equipment,” Blalock said. “This position went vacant about a year ago and is sorely needed when any of our public works staff is on vacation or out sick.”
Poole’s qualifications and his addition to the staff allows for the town to perform maintenance and repairs where otherwise the town would have to hire a contractor.
“Billie will concentrate on streets, storm water drainage and smaller construction projects,” Blalock shared. “Our public works and utilities staff work together on some projects, but Billie’s addition allows us to divide and conquer.”
David Phillips will continue to serve as the town’s director of public utilities and be responsible for the water and sewer system. Over the last year, the town has experienced an increase in the number of problems with the water and sewer system. With Phillips having Poole on board, he will be able to focus more on that outdated system.
“David remains as director of public utilities and is responsible for our water and sewer system,” Blalock said. “Given the age of our water and sewer system, we need to free up more time for David to concentrate on our utilities system.”
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