Tisbury DPW Director Glenn Mauk submits resignation

In this file photo taken February 4, Tisbury DPW Director Glenn Mauk, holding a shovel, directed snow-clearing operations on Main Street. — Martha's Vineyard Times file pho

Tisbury Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Glenn Mauk submitted his resignation, and is expected to depart at the end of July.

Board of Public Works (BPW) member George Balco told The Times that Mr. Mauk submitted his resignation at the DPW meeting on June 22. Mr. Balco said that though Mr. Mauk’s resignation was not expected, he provided more than 30 days’ notice.

Tisbury Town Administrator John Grande told The Times that July 25 will be Mr. Mauk’s last day as director.

“There was an item called ‘staffing discussion’ [on the meeting agenda], and that’s where he submitted it to the chairman, who learned it as I did, just at that moment, that he was resigning and that it was going to be effective July 25,” Mr. Grande said.

Mr. Grande also said that though the resignation was unexpected, Mr. Mauk had told him he was seeking employment elsewhere. “My understanding is he’s accepted a position elsewhere, but I can’t confirm. He said he was going back into the private sector at the meeting,” Mr. Grande said.

Glenn Mauk replaced Fred LaPiana, and began work on Dec. 16, 2014, at a starting salary of $95,213. His contract was to expire June 30, 2016. His tenure was punctuated by union grievance hearings, strained relations with department employees, and general unhappiness with the department’s cleanup operation this winter following a series of snowstorms.

“It’s been a tough job for him,” Selectman Melinda Loberg told The Times Friday morning. She said that a lot of factors contributed to what she described as a lack of job satisfaction.

“I knew that from the outset, since he lives off-Island, he would probably prefer to work off-Island,” Ms. Loberg said. “I think he’s been keeping his ear to the ground looking for opportunities, and I think he found one. So, I’m glad for him.”

The search process for his replacement has already begun.

“One of the first steps is underway now, and that is to review the job description,” Mr. Balco said.

Mr. Balco said that some experience requirements may be altered. For example, as the job description stands, the position requires a master’s degree in engineering.

“That’s probably not necessary,” he said.

Mr. Balco said a candidate needs to be familiar with civil engineering and have practical experience.

“Everything is in a state of transition at this time,” Mr. Balco said.