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Kroboth appointed to new public works post

August 11, 2005|by TARA REILLY

Washington County's head of emergency services is leaving the job for another leadership position in county government.

Joe Kroboth, director of the Division of Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management, will become the county's deputy director of the Division of Public Works.

Kroboth could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

The County Commissioners approved the move Tuesday.

County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop said Kroboth's new position comes with a decrease in pay.

Commissioner John C. Munson said Kroboth's salary will drop from $86,000 to $82,000 a year.

Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said the pay for Kroboth's replacement would range from $60,000 to $80,000 a year.

The commissioners created the deputy director of public works position this summer.

The Division of Public Works, directed by Gary Rohrer, includes the Engineering, Highway, Transportation, Buildings Grounds and Parks, Solid Waste, Water Quality, Communications Maintenance and Real Property Administration department, according to a written statement from the county.

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Kroboth, a professional engineer, has worked for the county since 1990. He was the county's deputy chief engineer before becoming the emergency services head on Sept. 11, 2001, according to the statement.

"Joe's appointment will enable Washington County to more aggressively pursue infrastructure management and service development programs to ensure usability of County roads, bridges, utilities and parks by our citizens," Shoop said in the statement.

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