Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore has announced his nominee for the Director of Utilities.
In a press conference on Friday, Moore nominated Jeff Conte to take over the city position.
Conte would have big shoes to fill.
If approved by the city council, Conte would be taking over for David Kent, a four decade long city employee, who plans to retire in December.
Conte is excited about filling those shoes.
"It's actually a little nerve-wracking. But I think I'm up to the challenge. I'm just really looking forward to getting started and working with new people. Most of the in the city I've worked with, they know me, but there are a few new faces. It'll be a change, but again, it's something I'm really looking forward to," said Conte.
Mayor Moore also announced his idea to combine the position with the role of city engineer, and felt with Conte's expertise, he would be able to oversee the positions of utilities and engineering.
"There's not going to be another David Kent in the city of Quincy, and so I was looking for somebody with a passion to serve. Mr. Conte applied for the job, said he had some unique ideas that he shared with me in the interview process, and someone willing to be elastic in their thinking. And certainly me willing to accept the engineering department and combining those two departments. Mr. Conte showed he was willing to look at things a little differently and I think that's what we need in city government. Just because we operated a certain way for twenty to thirty years doesn't mean we need to continue that way. And when you have somebody with Mr. Conte's unique skill set, it allows us to kind of expand our operations a little bit," Moore said.
A current employee at Klingner and Associates, Conte is their Water/Wastewater Department Head with over 23 years in the industry.
He hopes to reach out to the people of Quincy.
"What I look forward to is educating the public about what we do, and why we do it. I think that's really important for people to understand, what the city is doing for them, and what services they're getting. So that's really my big goal, the education of the public," Conte said.
If confirmed at the City Council meeting on Monday, Conte's first day would be October 7th.
The combination of the two positions Conte would oversee would have an annual savings of $189,212.