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City reorganizes utilities departments

January 21, 2006|By DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

daniels@herald-mail.com

The City of Hagerstown announced a set of administrative changes Friday designed to create better communications within the city's divided utility departments.

As part of the changes, Hagerstown Light Department Manager Michael S. Spiker has been appointed to Director of Utilities, city Human Resources Director Donna Messina said.

In his new capacity starting Monday, Spiker will oversee the city's water and sewer department, as well as the light department.

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Spiker, who worked for Allegheny Power for 24 years before coming to the city in November 2002, will receive a pay raise of about $7,925, to $91,104 annually with his new position, Messina said.

Karl Kohler, who worked under Spiker, has been promoted to the new title of light operations manager.

The city also established two new titles, those of water operations manager and sewer operations manager, replacing the positions of water and sewer department manager and assistant manager.

The light department operates with 35 full-time employees and a budget of $22,071,996. The water and sewer department has about 94 employees and a budget of $32,597,380.

"This helps to build a stronger direct-reporting system for each of the managers of the utilities," Messina said. "This does not add any new positions to the City of Hagerstown. It's a reorganization using the existing positions we have."

Christopher Bordlemay, who currently serves as acting manager of the water and sewer department, is not being considered for the position of either water operations manager or sewer operations manager. Bordlemay, who has worked for the city for the past six years, was named acting manager of the water department after David Shindle was released from service in mid-September for undisclosed reasons. Bordlemay told the city on Tuesday that he will resign by Feb. 17 to take a new job in a similar capacity with Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

"I had an opportunity that I couldn't pass up," Bordlemay said.

Bordlemay, 37, a native of Chambersburg, Pa., said his decision to leave the city was not an easy one, though he decided, in the interest of his wife and three children, the benefits to the new job were too attractive to pass up.

"We had a lot of programs that I would like to get done," Bordlemay said, noting he has offered to help with the transition even in a long-distance capacity once he has relocated to New York. "It was a very tough decision."

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