Hadley hires new DPW director


Staff Writer
Published: 1/10/2019 8:00:19 PM

HADLEY — Hadley’s Department of Public Works has a new director overseeing its operations.

Christopher Okafor of New Bedford, who began his tenure Monday, brings more than 25 years of experience to the job, most recently as director of operations for the Maynard DPW.

He replaces Marlo Warner II. Warner returned to Greenfield’s DPW to be its director after working in Hadley since March 2016.

Okafor’s contract, which runs through June 30, 2022, was ratified by the Select Board in a 4-0 vote Wednesday. As a DPW employee, member John Waskiewicz abstained from voting.

Okafor will be paid an annual salary of $84,500 through June 30, which will increase to $87,000 beginning July 1. The contract calls for salary negotiations in future years.

Although he was at the department Thursday, Okafor was not immediately available to talk about taking over as DPW chief.

Town Administrator David Nixon told the Select Board that Okafor’s initial work will focus on reviewing the department’s budget in advance of annual Town Meeting in May and prioritizing road projects.

One of the first tasks will be undertaking the engineering and permitting, and then construction, of new culverts on Moody Bridge Road.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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