Calais City Council chooses new public works director

Posted Oct. 31, 2008, at 8:35 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6 a.m.

CALAIS, Maine — He is a familiar face with a new title.

Robert Seelye, who has been the city’s public works foreman since 1994, was hired by the City Council during a special council meeting Thursday night as public works director. His appointment is effective Nov. 2.

The council set his salary at $43,500.

Seelye, 47, was hired to replace former Public Works Director Mark Magoon, who resigned in August.

Seelye has worked for the city for the past 14 years. He started as an equipment operator and driver in the Public Works Department.

City Manager Diane Barnes said Thursday that Seelye was selected because of his experience and his qualifications. “He has been doing the job for the last few months,” she said. “I think he will be a good fit for the department.”

A 1980 Calais High School graduate, Seelye began his career in the city with a local construction company. In addition, he has been a firefighter-spare pumper operator for the city.

In his resume, Seelye said that his goal was to be employed in a position that would challenge him. “And [it] enables me to utilize the knowledge and skills that I have obtained through education, training and work experience,” he said.

The department has six employees.

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