After more than 30 years working for the City, Danbury's Highway Department Supervisor is retiring. Duke Hart started with the City in 1983 and was promoted through the ranks from foreman to general foreman, all the way up to Supervisor. Hart was promoted to that role in 2004.
Mayor Mark Boughton says the new Supervisor, Timothy Nolan, has some big shoes to fill. He says everyone will miss Hart, and all of the hard work he's done. In a recent chat, Hart told Boughton that he's sad he's leaving but happy to start a new chapter in his life.
Nolan was confirmed by the Danbury City Council on Tuesday night. Nolan began his career with the City in 2009 and has a background in project management and commercial construction. He holds a number of training certifications and licenses.
The Division is responsible for the maintenance and reconstruction of city streets, walks, curbs, bridges, storm drains and waterways. They also fill potholes and makes other road repairs, do storm drain cleaning and plowing--among other tasks.
A new animal control officer was also added to the force Tuesday night. Retired Police Officer, and recently appointed Special Police Officer, Jay Mortara began his career with the Danbury PD in 1984. Mortara received a number of awards and citations for his work over the past three decades.
The Animal Control Officer is responsible for enforcing local and state laws relating to animals, domestic and wild, for performing field and office work, and operating-maintaining an Animal Control Shelter. The officers are charged with Investigating complaints of alleged cruelty animals and of persons bitten by animals; patrolling the city for roaming dogs; and feeding and caring for the lost or impounded animals.