The Burlington DPW has a new director.
At the Select Board meeting Monday night, longtime DPW Operations Manager Brian White was elevated to director. He will be replacing John Sanchez who is retiring at the end of 2022.
White, joined at the meeting with his wife and two daughters and an onslaught of supporters from the DPW, said he was fortunate to work for a town he feels so connected to.
“I’ve lived most of my life here,” said the Billerica resident who has worked for the town since 2008. “So I really look forward to contributing to the community in my new role. It’s been easy working here for this long because of how professional this town is and how well it’s run.”
White thanked Town Engineer Tom Hayes and Sanchez for their roles in his professional and personal development.
Town Administrator Paul Sagarino said White is almost a native of Burlington, moving here with his family when he was in 2nd grade. He attended Burlington Public Schools and ultimately graduated from Shawsheen Tech.
He then attended UMass Lowell where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and later a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University. During college, he worked as an intern in Burlington’s engineering department.
He gained further leadership skills by obtaining certificates from both UMass Lowell and Suffolk University.
Board member Mike Runyan said he had the opportunity to work with White on a couple of projects as a member of the Cemetery Oversight Committee. He called White a “great listener and very creative” when it comes to navigating roadblocks.
Board member Mike Espejo said, “I know he has some big shoes to fill with John leaving but I’m very excited to see the all great things he’s going to do for the town.”
At the September board meeting when Sanchez’s intentions to retire were confirmed, Sagarino recommended that an internal search be conducted.
“We do have some very talented individuals from within the department. My recommendation is to post for that job internally, just to understand who in the department may have interest and whether they meet the qualifications and take it from there,” said Sagarino.
At Monday’s meeting, board member James Tigges echoed Sagarino’s sentiment, and said Burlington has “the next man up mentality. It’s great to have that.”
After his interview for the position, Sagarino, speaking on behalf of the interview committee, said, “We all walked away from that interview impressed by Brian and excited for the future of the DPW.”
The Select Board backed Sagarino’s recommendation with a 5-0-0 vote.