By Kim Siebert MacPhail
At the June 3 Selectmen’s meeting, Town Manager Rick Reed introduced Roy E. Sorenson, his choice to succeed long-term director Rich Warrington as head of the Bedford Department of Public Works. Sorenson is now the Superintendent of Streets in Nashua, NH and is a resident of Salem, NH.
Before four years in his current position, Sorenson worked for one year as Operations Supervisor for the City of Melrose, MA, five years as Highway Foreman for North Reading, MA and two years as Park Foreman, also in North Reading. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from UMASS-Lowell and an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Middlesex Community College.
Bedford’s new Director of Public Works was chosen from a pool of 27 applicants, vetted first by a Town-based panel—whose members included Reed, Assistant Town Manager Jessica Porter, former Selectman Angelo Colao, current Selectman Margot Fleischman, Planning Board chair Jeff Cohen, and Facilities Director Richard Jones—and later by a consulting group from a Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA).
Following an initial round of interviews by the Town’s panel that narrowed the applicant pool to eight candidates, more intensive evaluations were conducted by the MMA group which was composed of four experienced government professionals with, according to a memo from Reed, “experience in public works and local government administration.” Reed said that a similar process was used when hiring Bedford’s current Police and Fire chiefs.
In a memo announcing his selection, Reed said: “After reviewing the results of the assessment center and taking into account the needs of the Town of Bedford, I have determined to appoint Roy E. Sorenson of Salem NH as Bedford’s Public Works Director. It is my judgment that Mr. Sorenson is the most qualified and best suited to lead the Bedford Public Works Department.”
The Selectmen’s endorsement of Sorenson was unanimous.