The town of Simsbury will begin 2014 with several new town
employees, three in key positions.
Starting this week as Superintendent of the Water Pollution Control Authority was Anthony Piazza at a salary of $89,162. He replaces James Clifton, who retired at the end of last summer after some 13 years in town.
On Jan. 16, JoAnn Martin is slated to begin serving as executive secretary to the first selectman at a salary of $58,000. She will replace the recently retired Sue Mazurski.
Jerome "Jeff" Shea is set to take over as town engineer on Jan. 22. He will replace Rich Sawitzke, who just retired after 33 years of service.
All three come with numerous years of government experience, officials said. Martin and Shea are currently employed by the town of Canton while Piazza came from Bristol.
First Selectman Mary Glassman said the town certainly did lose some great employees with the retirements.
"The town of Simsbury has been fortunate to have long-serving, dedicated employees," she said.
Also, there were many applicants for the positions, Glassman said, adding that she believes the town has found some great talent.
"We're just thrilled that we have some talented, new staff that will be joining us in the new year," she said.
Also joining the town are a few others. James Corley, who also came from Bristol, recently joined the Public Works Department. Recently hired as part-time circulation assistants at Simsbury Public Library were Douglas Lord and Elizabeth Nardi.