County has turnover in key per­son­nel

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CHERYL MATTIX

ELK­TON

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

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.

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