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Worth is promoted to City of Batavia public works director

BATAVIA – While acknowledging that he’s somewhat overwhelmed by the magnitude of his new position, Matthew J. Worth said he is more than prepared to take on the responsibilities as the City of Batavia’s director of public works.

“My head is spinning a little bit, but I know all the people in place, and I’m ready to accept the challenge,” said Worth, a 28-year city employee who was appointed by City Manager Jason R. Molino.

The job calls for the supervision of about 50 workers in the bureaus of engineering, inspection, water/wastewater and maintenance, and comes with a salary of $88,705. His first day on the job was Tuesday.

A Pembroke resident, Worth began with the city as an engineering technician. He was promoted to deputy superintendent of water/wastewater in 1999 and took over as superintendent of that department three years later.

During his tenure, Worth, 51, has been involved in numerous public works projects, including street reconstruction, water and sewer plant upgrades, and capital infrastructure planning.

He said his experience will serve him well as Batavia tackles sidewalk and street reconstruction and wastewater infrastructure design projects in the near future. Furthermore, he will continue to oversee the bureau of water/wastewater until his successor is hired.

“The city manager and I will be meeting to set up a plan to fill that position,” he said. “Until then, I’ll be wearing two hats.”

Molino praised Worth as a dedicated employee with the knowledge and experience to succeed Sally Kuzon, who retired in April after eight years as DPW chief.

“Over the years, Matt has proven himself as a steadfast leader,” Molino said. “Having worked side by side with Matt over the past decade, his passion to serve the community and residents has never been stronger.”

City Council member Pierluigi Cipollone, who participated in the interview process, said he was pleased that someone from within the department is moving up the ladder.

“Matt brings a wealth of knowledge to the job, and I know I speak for Council in saying we applaud his appointment to the position of director of DPW and we look forward to our continued relationship,” Cipollone said.

Worth and his wife, Joan, have two grown children, Adam and Kathryn.