Natick has begun rebuilding the leadership team overseeing its Department of Public Works and Facilities Management with the hiring of John Westerling, who had been the longtime director of public works in Hopkinton.
In the wake of key management losses late last year—DPW Director Jeremy Marsette heading to Sherborn as town administrator and Deputy DPW Director Tom Hladick retiring—Natick reorganized its public works and facilities setup, with facilities manager Bill Spratt taking on the role of executive director of the DPW and facilities.
New Natick DPW Director Westerling had served as director of public works in Hopkinton since 2011, and recently was named a Top 10 Public Works Leader by an industry organization called the American Public Works Association.
Update 5/18/23: See start of Natick Pegasus recording of May 17 Select Board meeting for Westerling’s introduction and award presentation.
Westerling comes with familiarity of issues that Natick’s DPW has been dealing with, including PFAS mitigation. The Metrowest Daily News reported last month that Hopkinton is readying for a $1-plus filtration system to address the forever chemicals found in its water.
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