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Strasburg names new public works director

Strasburg has hired a new public works director to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of longtime town employee John Rhodes.

Mark Gundersen takes over the department effective July 23, according to a press release from the town. Rhodes retired recently after nearly 38 years of working for the town.

The director oversees a staff of 18 full-time employees and the position is responsible for the town's streets, water and sewer lines, vehicle and equipment maintenance, buildings and grounds, meter reading and inspections, according to the release.

Gundersen lives in Frederick County and currently works as project manager for Anderson & Associates Inc. in Middletown. Through his current employer, Gundersen worked on a preliminary engineering report for a U.S. 11 sewer line project, a feasibility study for a water line to Middletown and a value engineering analysis on the town's wastewater treatement plant upgrade, according to the release.

Gundersen has held engineering positions in the private sector for more than 10 years.

Strasburg Town Manager Judson Rex states in the release that Gundersen "will bring a tremendous amount of technical experience to the town."

"In addition, Mark's friendly character and personable nature will enable him to build relationships of trust with the staff, Council, and the community," Rex states in the release.

Gundersen will receive an annual salary of $66,000, plus benefits.


Very smart hire. A college educated engineer. This is your next town manager.

" In addition, Mark's friendly character and personable nature will enable him to build relationships of trust with the staff, Council, and the community." Gee, this will be the first trust we have had in 30 years. I am so looking foward to it. Mark, may we ask a favor? For the Strasburg residents can you figure out why we have the 3rd highest water fees in the state? Our town council was so appalled they raised the fees again. I guess they want to be #1. Please help us!

I guess at $66,000 a year Mr. Gundersen will be able to afford water and sewer and trash and recycling if you choose to move to this wonderful town. Wish we could all be so lucky.


I look forward to meeting and working with Mark. As the population grows both in numbers and in diversity our needs will do so also. Bringing on someone with the technical knowledge of modern day systems and experience of working with other local governments will bring our services to a new level. The Town crew is a dedicated and hard working bunch so things will only get better. Mark being from Frederick County is a plus. My guess is he will remain there, so Strasburg didn't have to pay for a relocation package. If he does move here I hope he chooses living in the Historic Downtown so he can just walk to work.

Local governments do not pay for new employee's moving expenses.

It is not difficult to figure out why the water and sewer fees are so expensive; the federal government mandated we build a new water and sewer plant, spending about 40 million dollars. This is a terrible burden on a town of 6,000 people, but as much as we want to pass blame, the town council did not cause this one.

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