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Woodstock hires two public works supervisors

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 5:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 11:06 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Two new supervisors joined the city's public works department last week, replacing a combined 70 years in experience.

Woodstock officials hired Mark Miller as the city's next streets supervisor and nabbed Ernest Nelson as the parks supervisor. The two additions started July 21.

Miller joins Woodstock after 16 years as foreman of streets and grounds for the city of Des Plaines. He's also spent time working for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and is a certified arborist.

"Mark [Miller] has a track record of being responsive and being dedicated to the municipality he works for," Public Works Director Paul Ruscko said.

Nelson has experience working for the village of Hanover Park and two suburban school districts. He most recently worked in grounds and facilities management for Burlington-based Central School District 301.

"Which is again showing the progression of being able to get the job done, lead the crews, lead the staff," Ruscko said. "Provide that direction and vision to those people."

Miller replaces Dale Behm, a 36-year veteran worker for the city who was fired in March following his arrest for allegedly stealing two snowplow skids and about a ton of road salt from the city.

Woodstock's longtime parks supervisor Bob Hoadley retired in the spring after 34 years with the city.

The experience is missed, Ruscko said.

"That's a big knowledge drain by not having those individuals with us anymore," he said. "I was spoiled by that knowledge."

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