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Town of Lockport terminates operations director

LOCKPORT – The Lockport Town Board voted Wednesday to terminate Operations Director Daniel A. Dodge from his $61,852-a-year job and give his duties to Highway Superintendent David J. Miller.

“It’s a consolidation move. We didn’t fire Dan Dodge,” Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said. “I believe there is an opportunity to provide for greater efficiency, shared services among departments and cost savings by restructuring the management of the operations in the water, sewer, parks and facility operations.” Miller, an elected official, would add those duties to those of maintaining the roads, and the Town Board set an April 6 public hearing on giving Miller a $20,000-a-year raise to do so. The increase would be prorated for this year at $15,833, bringing Miller’s 2016 salary to $91,691.

Dodge, who joined the town in September 2013, said he was told of his ouster at 10 a.m. Wednesday, three hours before the board met.

“The term I heard was ‘going in a different direction,’” he said. “Obviously, I’m disappointed. I had hoped to stay a few more years, maybe finish my career there, but it is what it is.” The board also promoted Jason Needon, a six-year town employee, from water maintenance person to deputy superintendent of water and sewer maintenance, hiking his pay from $22 an hour to $25.50 an hour, or $53,040 a year.