By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News
Hardin has a new public works director.
In one of a handful of unanimously measures, Hardin’s Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 during its monthly meeting Tuesday night to hire Jason Vroom. The board also agreed to start Vroom at $17 per hour, with a 50-cent raise following Vroom obtaining his DS-II and D Wastewater licenses and another 50-cent raise six months after obtaining those licenses.
Shortly after the meeting adjourned, Hardin Mayor Bob McCorkendale discussed the board’s reasons for hiring Vroom. He said: “When we had our (recent) water leaks … – so many (of them) – he kind of volunteered (and) jumped right in there to help us through a lot of it. And we thought that … he deserved a little money, so we paid him a minimum … of what he was worth…. He (has) got his family here – he’s taking care of that – and he’s got a lot of experience.”
Vroom succeeds John Gilfillan, who resigned in early February. Larry Eastley filled in at the position between Gilfillan’s departure and Vroom’s hiring.