County has turnover in key personnel
— Cecil County administration has had some retirements and vacancies in key positions this year, prompting hiring or promotions of personnel in several departments.
Director of Human Resources Donna Nichols said new hires don’t automatically become public, but confirmed this week several changes have taken place this year.
One of the most recent changes happened two weeks ago when Cliff Engle became the new chief of the solid waste division of the county’s Department of Public Works.
Engle, who has 29 years experience in the solid waste industry, started at his office in the central landfill Sept. 6.
“This is a very well-run operation and the people are tremendous,” he said. “Our goal is to operate in compliance with the law.”
Engle takes the place of Pete Bieniek, who after 10 years on that job, accepted a promotion to procurement, fleet and leasing manager for Cecil County as of July 11. Bieniek replaced Mark Unger who took a job in Harford County.
“The landfill ran smooth for me, but I was looking for a new challenge when this opportunity came up,” Bieniek said Thursday. “The biggest difference for me is that in my former position I told people what to do and in this new job I do a lot of the work myself and I like that.”
Bieniek reports directly to Finance Director Winston Robinson now.
“I feel good about the move,” Bieniek said. “It’s a new challenge for me.”
Former Cecil County Zoning Administrator Cliff Houston retired March 31 and was replaced by Stephen O’Connor in the department of planning and zoning. Other personnel changes include Rebecca Anderson being promoted to budget manager after Craig Whiteford left April 15 after 21 years to become controller at Cecil College.
Former Director of Housing and Community Development David Mahaney retired June 30 as his department became absorbed into Cecil County Department of Community Services under Director David Trolio. Earl Grey, a longtime employee in housing, is now the chief of housing under Trolio’s supervision.
Pete Bieniek, former chief of the solid waste division of Cecil County Department of Public Works, recently assumed a new role as county procurement, fleet and leasing manager.
Cliff Engle is the new chief of the division of solid waste for the department of public works in Cecil County.