News Release — Burlington Mayor’s Office
Aug. 5, 2013
BURLINGTON -– Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Norman J. Baldwin, P.E., a 22-year veteran of the Department of Public Works (DPW) as City Engineer and Surveyor. Baldwin currently serves as Assistant Director of Public Works for DPW’s Technical Services Division. The City Engineer and Surveyor position will become open on August 26, 2013 upon the retirement of current DPW Director Steve Goodkind. Goodkind, who has served as DPW Director since 1999, also has served as City Engineer and Surveyor since 1983. Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve Baldwin’s appointment at its August 12, 2013 meeting. If approved, Baldwin would begin serving on August 26, 2013, the same day on which Chapin Spencer begins work as the new DPW Director.
“Norm is highly-qualified for this appointment and has a proven track record as a dedicated and focused leader who understands our City’s infrastructure and knows how to play a key role in moving complex projects from start to finish,” said Weinberger at an afternoon announcement at DPW’s Pine Street facility. “I am confident that Norm will do a great job taking on the added responsibilities that come with the City Engineer and Surveyor position, and his appointment will give DPW and the City important continuity during a time of transition at the Director level.”
“I am both humbled and honored that Mayor Weinberger has the confidence in me to tackle the added duties as City Engineer and Surveyor,” said Baldwin. “I am very fortunate to have learned so much about our Department and this new role from Director Steve Goodkind, and I thank him for his guidance over the years. I look forward to continuing to serve our City as an Assistant Director and as City Engineer and Surveyor and to continuing to work with our talented DPW team and will do all I can to help ensure a smooth transition for incoming Director Chapin Spencer.”
Although out of town and unable to attend today’s announcement, retiring DPW Director Steve Goodkind shared: “Norm is a first-rate public servant. He’s smart, talented, cares about our City and understands how our City infrastructure works. I know he will make a fine City Engineer and Surveyor – Burlington will be in good hands with Norm as our City Engineer.”
At today’s announcement, incoming DPW Director Chapin Spencer added: “For more than two decades, Norm has served our community through his work at DPW, rising through the ranks to earn a top leadership spot as one of DPW’s assistant directors, a position he has held for the past 13 years. I feel fortunate that Norm will be handling the important responsibilities that come with the City Engineer and Surveyor post.”
Also not present for the announcement was Nathan Lavery, Chair of the Burlington Public Works Commission, who stated: “Norm Baldwin is the right choice at this time to serve as Burlington’s City Engineer and Surveyor. His skills have been honed by years of hard work as one of our City’s engineers – the move to City Engineer makes sense and will serve our City well.”