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.