A new interim director likely will be at the wheel of the Department of Public Works to ring in the new year: John Bean, a soon-to-retire public works director in Arlington.
Bean's experience — which includes close to 20 years as a superintendent of public works for the town of Greenfield and four years as director of public works in Arlington, makes him the ideal candidate for Andover's interim position, Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski said.
"He has a great combination of excellent DPW experience and education, but mainly it is the experience piece," said Stapczynski.
Due to the conditions of his retirement, Bean will only be able to work for around 20 hours each week, according to Stapczynski. He will be paid at a rate of $55 an hour with no eligibility for benefits.
The Board of Selectmen are expected to vote on Stapczynski's appointment of Bean at its next meeting. If approved, Bean will begin work on Jan. 3, according to Stapczynski.
Stapczynski said Bean will be director of DPW for a matter of months, with an end-date falling sometime towards the end of 2011.
"It was very rewarding coming to Arlington, and I am expecting the same thing here," Bean said. "I will be helping (Andover) when they're stuck on issues so they won't stay stuck."
During a brief introduction to selectmen Monday, Bean said he expects his time in Andover to be spent holding the department together as it looks into options for the department's future.
He does not expect to play a role in the possible consolidation of the director positions at the Department of Public Works and Plant and Facilities, he said.
"Being a part time position, I will have to be focusing on the public works side," Bean said.
Bean also will play no role in the ongoing criminal investigation at the town's Water Treatment Plant, Stapczynski said.