The Town of Bourne has a new permanent department of public works superintendent. Town Administrator Anthony E. Schiavi has appointed Shawn Patterson to fill the post left vacant with the retirement of George M. Sala last year.
The appointment was announced during the board of selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, January 5. Mr. Schiavi told the board that Mr. Patterson most recently served as director of the DPW in the Town of Marshfield. He has also served in the same capacity in the Town of Deerfield, Mr. Schiavi said.
Mr. Schiavi said that Mr. Patterson comes to the job with “decades of experience in construction and public works.” Mr. Patterson actually did some work with the Bourne DPW early in his career and on Joint Base Cape Cod, the town administrator noted.
As DPW director in Marshfield Mr. Patterson was in charge of 80 employees, seven divisions and a $60 million department budget. Like Bourne, Marshfield is a seaside community, Mr. Schiavi said.
“So, very well experienced,” Mr. Schiavi said. “We’re excited about him getting started. The list will be long and distinguished when he shows up, the things that I have for him to start working on, but I know he’s excited. I look forward to working with him.”
Mr. Patterson echoed that he is “very excited to get started.” A native of Bourne, the 57-year-old said he has lived in town his entire life. He noted that “there’s a lot to do, but I feel confident we can get it done.”
“I appreciate the opportunity,” he told the board.
The position became available with the retirement of Mr. Sala last September. Mr. Sala was with the Bourne DPW for 23 years and had served as head of the department since 2012. After Mr. Sala’s retirement, Matthew Quinn was named the department’s interim director. Mr. Quinn had been the department’s operations manager.
Mr. Schiavi said Mr. Patterson was chosen from an initial field of 14 applicants that was eventually whittled down to four. People who applied were experienced in both the public and private sector, Mr. Schiavi said, and came from as close as Vermont and as far away as California.
Assistant Town Administrator Glenn D. Cannon and Integrated Solid Waste Management general manager Daniel T. Barrett were among those who served on the selection committee along with Mr. Schiavi.