March 29, 2020

Bangor Water District names new general manager

BANGOR – After a search that spanned several months, Bangor Water District trustees have named a successor to General Manager Wayne Rogalski, who is retiring after 20 years with the district.

Kathy Moriarty, now the district’s assistant general manager and water quality manager, will take the district’s helm during the trustees’ Nov. 21 board meeting.

Rogalski will remain on board through early January to help with the transition.

The Bangor Water District is a quasi-municipal utility providing public drinking water and fire protection services to the residents of Bangor and parts of the neighboring communities of Clifton, Hermon, Eddington, Hampden, Orrington and Veazie.

The district’s mission, according to its Web site, is to protect public health by providing the highest quality water for domestic use and fire protection, while emphasizing customer service, innovation and cost control.

The district’s board of trustees last week unanimously endorsed a search committee’s recommendation that Moriarty be named to the top post during a monthly board meeting.

Moriarty said Monday that she intends to carry on Rogalski’s work to protect the Floods Pond watershed in Otis, the district’s water source.

“Water quality and public health will continue to be at the forefront of the Bangor Water District,” Moriarty said.

The district has been acquiring land in the watershed for almost 15 years, she noted, and now controls about 98 percent of the land within the watershed. Public access to it is prohibited and logging activity is strictly regulated.

A Portland human resources firm helped lead a national search that yielded 36 applications from 14 states and two other countries, according an announcement issued last week by board Chairman Robert Sypitkowski.

The applications were reviewed and ranked by search committee consisting of four current trustees, one former trustee and Rogalski.

The search panel interviewed the top four finalists, with a particular focus on leadership and management, Sypitkowski noted.

Correction: A shorter version of this article ran in the State and Coastal editions.

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