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'Provisional' management job may last 2 more years

When Harland "Harley" Moses was named the head of the Village of Hamburg's Public Works Department in April, it was a provisional appointment.

It may be that way for another two years.

Moses' appointment was provisional on civil service testing, which would have required him to finish among the "top three and ties." He didn't manage that in the September testing.

But according to Hamburg Village Administrator Robert Pauley, civil service regulations will allow Moses to continue to serve in the $65,000-a-year post at least until the next test is offered.

The test for public works superintendent is next scheduled to be given in 2009, although it could be given earlier if there is a need statewide for those positions.

If at least three of the top scorers had expressed interest in the job when canvassed by the village, the village would have been obligated to hire from the list, Pauley said.

But one of the top five, Matt Hoeh, has already accepted a job as East Aurora superintendent of public works.

And only two of the other candidates expressed interest in the Hamburg job, Pauley said. They were both interviewed, but the Village Board opted to extend Moses' provisional status, he said.

Moses, 54, has worked for the village for 33 years, rising to No. 2 in the department under Gerald Knoll, who retired earlier this year.

Moses said he's planning to retake the test when it is offered again and wants to continue as public works superintendent for some time to come.

"That's what I'm hoping," he said.

Moses is also the brother of Hamburg Mayor Tom Moses, who was also a longtime village employee in the Recreation Department before retiring and being elected.

Village officials said the mayor was not involved in the selection process when Harley Moses was picked to replace Knoll.

"Tom has always detached himself from having any input there because of the family connection," Deputy Mayor Tom Tallman said of the mayor. "

Tallman said the board is happy with Harley Moses in the job.

"Here's a guy who's had 33 years of employment ranging though all the different facets of the job," Tallman said. "He's got this long experience in his job; he's got a good handle on the job and the people."

Tallman said Moses was the choice over four or five other candidates when he was originally interviewed for the position last spring.


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