December 20 2017

Selectmen Welcome Newly Appointed Buildings and Cemeteries Superintendent

By: Rich Hosford



The Burlington Board of Selectmen were happy to welcome a long-time town employee into a new role on Monday evening.


During the meeting, Town Administrator John Petrin, at the recommendation of Department of Public Works Director John Sanchez, appointed Richard Reid as the new Buildings and Cemeteries Superintendent. The current superintendent, Paul Cauldwell, has announced he will retire early in the new year.


“Mr. Reid has worked for the Town of Burlington Department of Public Works for over 30 years,” Sanchez said. “During his time in the department he has served in the Central Maintenance, Highway, Cemetery, Water Treatment and Water Divisions, and settling in the Cemetery Division in 2002. In 2014 Mr. Reid became Lead Foreman for Buildings and Cemeteries as a result of the merging of facilities with cemeteries.”


“He is a dedicated town employee who strives to complete the tasks at hand, and who has been one of the main reasons in the success of the Building Maintenance department merging with the Cemetery Division of the department,” Sanchez continued. “Mr. Reid has extensive experience in cemetery operations and building maintenance, acquired while working for the town as well as private work. He has a clear sense of direction and purpose, and I am confident that he will continue his hard work on behalf of the residents of the Town of Burlington.”


Reid holds an Unrestricted Construction Supervisor License, Class A CDL license, 1B, 2A, and 4A Hoisting Licenses in addition to water treatment and distribution licenses and other building maintenance certifications.


Members of the Board of Selectmen were happy to see the appointment made and unanimously waived the 15-day waiting period for new hires and promotions.


“In my previous position as a department head I worked with both Paul and Richie and the new responsibilities they took on,” Selectman Bob Hogan, who was the town’s Veterans Services Director, said. “For me it’s their work in cemetery where they really made a difference. When we would have ceremonies people would say that it was the best maintained cemetery. They took pride in that and people knew their loved ones’ graves were being taken care of.”


Petrin also said he was happy to make the appointment.  


“This is one appointment I take a lot of pride in and enjoy making,” he said. “I got to know Richie and work with him a lot when we started talking about rolling Facilities into Public Works. I sat down with Paul and Richie and they saw it is a great opportunity. And now we don’t hear about the issues we heard about five years ago because they have really stepped it up. Our Public Works is top notch, I would pit them against anybody.”


Petrin said they would honor Cauldwell at a future meeting after he officially retires.


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