Morristown hires new city administrator/ public works director

The City of Morristown’s public works operator is now also the city’s administrator.

Ellen Judd, who previously held the position of public works operator for the city, was approved as the “City Administrator/Public Works Director” at the city council’s August 1 meeting.

Judd studied Water Environmental Technologies at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and was a member of the City of Faribault’s Public Works team for five years. She also holds a certificate in Public Works Management from the University of Minnesota.

The council approved hiring Judd for the dual-role position at a rate of $35 per hour, 40 hours per week, with a retroactive starting date of July 22. Her pay will be taken from the city’s general fund (60%), water fund (20%), and sewer fund (20%).

Judd is excited and optimistic about her new role.

“We are currently finishing up the 2022 street project,” she noted. “That is a huge step forward for the city… Main Street pavement was deteriorating and the water main was original to the city.”

When asked to identify the city’s main issues, she stated: “Getting funding to upgrade our wastewater treatment plant as well as getting a small water filtration plant to help with the water quality in Morristown.”

In other news: • 115 volunteer hours were spent at the city’s compost site during a two-day burning. Based on reports from volunteers working the site, the council approved the purchase of a camera that will monitor the compost site. • The council voted to hire Seal King to crack-fill and sealcoat the Morristown Community Center parking lot at a cost of $19,820. • The council approved the use of the Community Center parking lot and restrooms for a Drive-In Movie event on August 19 or August 20, depending on the weather. • The American Legion was given approval to tie into the city’s catch basin for their downspouts—at no cost to the city. • The next regular meeting of the Morristown City Council will be held Tuesday, September 6.

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