MERIDEN — The city has promoted associate engineer Howard Weissberg to replace Bob Bass as public works director.
Bass retired on Sept. 4 after leading the department for more than a decade.
Weissberg, 46, worked under Bass as an associate city engineer for seven years and was New Haven’s deputy director of public works before coming to Meriden. Weissberg said he is entering the director position at a busy time as the department works to finish several high-profile projects, including the Pratt Street gateway and downtown sidewalk upgrades.
“It's daunting,” he said. “There is a lot going on, and Mr. Bass did an awful lot of great stuff, and I’m looking to continue moving everything forward.”
Among Weissberg’s main goals will be to “keep moving forward with the flood control projects that are aiding economic development and obviously maintain the city’s infrastructure as efficiently as we can.”
Bass, hired as an associate engineer in 2003, was promoted to director in 2007. During a City Council meeting on Sept. 4, Bass’ last day, city officials thanked him for his years of service. Mayor Kevin Scarpati credited Bass for leading the city’s downtown revitalization and flood control projects.
“Everywhere we look in the downtown area screams your name, and we thank you for that,” Scarpati told Bass.
Bass said earlier this year that he hopes to spend more time with his wife and maybe do some traveling in retirement.
Weissberg was hired on Sept. 5 after interviewing with the city’s human resources department. Human resources director Marci Nogueira didn’t return a call for comment Wednesday.