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Monday, December 17 2012

Town Hires New Staff

This just in:

The Town of Greenfield now has a Facilities Manager and two new police officers.  George VanDelinder, PE, Officer Jeremy Felton, and Officer Emily Roswell have joined the ranks of town employees.

From a Greenfield Human Resources Office press release:

Mayor William Martin is pleased to announce the hiring of George VanDelinder, PE, as the first Facilities Manager for the Central Maintenance Department of the Town of Greenfield.  He began his duties on Monday, December 10, 2012.  He brings to the position 30-plus years of professional experience as a mechanical engineer and as a registered professional engineer. His experience includes new project construction as well as the development and manufacturing of a number of products.  Before relocating to Greenfield he was employed by Revision Military of Essex Junction, VT, a manufacturer of high performance eyewear protection for the US and NATO forces.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has specialized training in a number of fields including HVAC and CMMS (Computerized Maintenance and Management Software).  He has experience as a Project Manager, Project Engineer and Director or Manager of Operations for large and small corporations in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Central Maintenance Department was created to and is responsible for the maintenance of all town and school buildings in order to reduce costly services that were contracted and to improve the maintenance and capital planning for repairs and improvements to Town buildings.   

Mayor Martin:
“We are very pleased and fortunate George accepted the Central Maintenance Manager position with the town. I am always so impressed by such competent individuals who realize the limited resources of a small city but base their decision on quality of life issues. I am confident that due to his knowledge, experience and professionalism he will prove to be a tremendous asset for our community and quite capable for the challenges of this new department.”

“The timing of this appointment is very important given the pending construction of our new $66 million dollar high school and new energy management systems installed in municipal buildings.  George will have input into the systems installed and have a “ground up” working knowledge of the new facility.”

From a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Mayor William Martin and Chief of Police Joseph Burge proudly represented Greenfield at the graduation exercises of the 20th Recruit Officer Course of the Boylston Regional Police Academy held in Worcester, MA. The two new full-time officers for Greenfield, Jeremy Felton and Emily Roswell, graduated after completing a rigorous, 242-hour training program administered by the Municipal Police Training Committee of the Commonwealth.

Mayor Martin noted, “As we rebuild the department, the levels of professionalism and competence can only be maintained with extraordinarily qualified recruits. This is a fine step forward in building a strong base. Public safety personnel tend to be long-term municipal employees and over time professionalism, competence and education are paramount for success. Officers Felton and Rowell are well equipped to provide immediate assistance to our department.”

Officer Jeremy Felton, a graduate and athlete from Greenfield High School has attained a Bachelor of Science from Westfield State and a Master’s degree from Boston University. He served in the United States Air Force in Iraq from 2002-2005 and was honorably discharged. Jeremy has also been involved in teen sports programs, most notably as a middle school basketball coach and an assistant high school football coach.

Officer Emily Rowell is also from the region, having graduated from Frontier High School. She is a qualified EMT paramedic and has served in that capacity most recently in Springfield, MA. She is proud to join the Greenfield police force to work alongside her cousins, Detective Kevin Rowell and Officer Christopher Rowell.