Highway department makes changes in management



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Randy Moore (left) was promoted to highway superintendent for Hancock County. Gary Pool (right) will work on long-term goals as engineer. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)


GREENFIELD — Hancock County’s longest-serving highway employee will now be second in command in an effort to enhance how the public agency handles potholes, snow removal, paving and more.

Randy Moore, a 32-year employee of the Hancock County Highway Department, was promoted last week to superintendent.

The move represents a shift in how the department that manages county roads is run. For years, the top position wore both the hat of engineer and superintendent. Now two officials will lead the department: Gary Pool as engineer, working on long-term goals; and Moore as superintendent, managing day-to-day tasks.

“It’s continuous improvement,” said Pool. “We’ll try to continue to make the best use of the limited money we have.”

Pool was hired in December to replace retiring engineer/superintendent Joe Copeland, but county commissioners had a goal of eventually hiring a superintendent as well. Derek Towle, president of the commissioners, said with two people heading the department, both will be able to accomplish tasks more effectively.

“There’s two different jobs there; it was getting to the point where it was getting way too many duties and responsibilities for just one person to handle,” Towle said.

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