Town seeking new Building/Zoning Commissioner (plus a DPW and school position)

by beth on October 11, 2018

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I got word this week that we’re losing the Town’s Building Commissioner. Mark Robidoux confirmed that he’s soon headed to to the Town of Lincoln.

Southborough’s Building Commissioner position is both the Building Inspector and Zoning Enforcement Officer. It’s a position Robidoux held for the past five years.

In 2009, during a previous vacancy, selectmen briefly considered sharing a building inspector with another Town. That was due to the reduced number of building inspections when the real estate market was floundering. In the end, the plan was nixed. The board decided a full time employee was needed to do more zoning enforcement.

Obviously, the economy and development rebounded in subsequent years. Last year, citing the growing burden due to development, the Town added a new business/principal assistant position to support the busy office.

The news of Robidoux’s leaving adds to a list of important jobs the Town/district will need to fill. As I’ve previously shared, the Fire Chief, Superintendent of Schools, and the Director of Recreation have all announced their retirements. The difference is, those jobs will be open this spring/summer. The Robidoux replacement presumably needs hiring much sooner.

In looking for the Town’s job posting for replacing Robidoux, I found another one for an employee in the Public Works’ Water Division. Applications received prior to 9/28 were to get priority. But, since the posting is still listed, I’m sharing that below, too. There was also a recent posting on the schools’ website.

The Town also still has listings posted for the Economic Development Coordinator (the acting coordinator took the position on an interim basis) and part-time Dispatch positions for public safety. Click here for the Town’s Job Opportunities page.

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Town of Southborough

  • Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer (full-time)
    The town of Southborough (population 10,000) is seeking qualified applicants for a Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Officer to enforce the state building code and local zoning bylaws. Duties also include conducting plan reviews, issuing building permits, inspecting buildings under construction, enforcing the zoning ordinances and investigating complaints. Inspector supervises part-time electrical, plumbing and building inspectors and admin staff of two. Minimum of five years’ experience in supervision of building construction or an equivalency, Massachusetts Building Supervisor’s License, supervisory skills and use of computer office applications required. Ability to obtain state certification as a building inspector in Massachusetts required. Letter of interest & resume should be addressed to Personnel, Town of Southborough, 17 Common Street, Southborough, MA 01772. Position is open until filled. Apply via link: Mid-point of salary is mid 80’s. Review of credentials will commence immediately. EEO/AA
  • Water Division Employee (full-time)
    The Southborough Department of Public Works is receiving applications from mature and versatile individuals for an open position in the Water Division.The position involves work in all Southborough Public Works Divisions with a primary assignment to the Water Division. Work includes typical Water Division operations including water sampling, water meter reading installation and replacement, construction, repair and maintenance of water mains and services, hydrant installation, repair and maintenance, water easement maintenance, and pumping station operation and maintenance. Work also includes other Public Works operations including, but not limited to, sanding, snow plowing, roadway maintenance, transfer station operations, cemetery maintenance and assisting with interments. (Click here for more details and to apply.)

Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough

  • Special Education Assistant (full-time)
    Instructional Support, Paraprofessional/IA at Mary Finn School for Grades Pre-K to 1 (Click here for application)

Updated (10/11/18 10:30 am): Somehow, I made a doozy of a “typo”. I wrote that the Police Chief announced his retirement. It is the Fire Chief who announced he’ll be retiring in March.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Resident October 11, 2018 at 9:41 AM

The Chief of Police is not retiring, the Fire Chief is retiring.


2 beth October 11, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Did I write Police!? I better fix that!


3 Resident October 11, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Funny! We are all human! :)


4 arobrist October 11, 2018 at 4:11 PM

on the flipside these departures / retirements will save the town money because their replacements will be starting at a lower rate, will my taxes go down? we will see


5 Resident October 11, 2018 at 10:39 PM

I for one am thrilled to see the Superintendent go. She should have been released when we lost half a million dollars under her watch. She has lost almost her entire administrative staff, some more than once and the old boy school committee members just sat by doing nothing. These are tell tale signs that something is seriously wrong. She will not be missed.


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