Young takes over as Rockport Public Works Director
Rockport — The Rockport Select board voted Jan. 13 in favor of accepting the town manager's appointment of Michael Young as Rockport’s new head of the public works department.
Young has been working with outgoing Public Works Director Steve Beveridge as his assistant for quite some time. He said he feels the close working relationship and the fact that the two "think along the same lines" has made the transition seem flawless.
“Steve and I see eye-to-eye about 90 percent of the time on issues around town and that has made this thing work,” Young said. “I was lucky to be able to learn more about the job from him, which has made the transition a lot better then it could have been.”
Select board members expressed confidence in Young's ability to pick up where Beveridge left off.
“Steve has done a wonderful job for so many years,” said board member Tracy Murphy. “ … and I am sure that Mike will continue to go above and beyond as he has in the past.”
Murphy spoke about several occasions where she and Young had worked together and said all interactions were positive.
“Here we are getting ready for Holiday on the Harbor, it’s 3 degrees outside and Mike is driving this truck at a crawl while we rush to put out the luminaria,” she said. “I definitely feel he is the right man for the job.”
The select board at the same time used the opportunity to thank Young and the public works crew for their dedication to the town during the severe winter weather that hit the area during the holidays.
Young took over the reins of the public works department effective Jan. 3, while Beveridge will remain on as assistant to Young for the foreseeable future.