The town has set up a committee to screen candidates for the role of town harbormaster, a state-mandated post that is growing more vital due to increased boat traffic and other activities in coastal waters, First Selectman Peter Tesei said.
"People who live here spend a lot of time on the water, which may be part of the reason they chose a waterfront community like Greenwich," Tesei said. "There is a lot of work to be done in terms of dredging and maintenance of our marine facilities as well as accessibility to our harbors."
By the end of June the five-member committee will determine a candidate that Tesei will nominate to Governor M. Jodi Rell for appointment to the post, Tesei said.
Under state statute, harbormasters are charged with ensuring that navigable waterways are safe.
Harbormasters are appointed by the governor, serve three-year terms and receive $750 per year....
...For the past 11 years, town Director of Parks and Recreation Joseph Siciliano has been harbormaster in addition to his job duties.
Tesei said he decided not to renominate Siciliano, citing the need for the harbormaster to take a greater role in waterfront management for the town.
Storms, who is a member of the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, said he knows any number of boaters with the knowledge to serve in the post, but a significant time commitment is needed as well.
Another important task of the harbormaster will be to take part in the management of the Grass Island Marina.
"The characteristics would be the same as the successful applicant for almost any job," Storms said. "Judgment, maturity, interest, energy and enthusiasm."
Those interested in the harbormaster post should contact Tesei's office at 622-7710.
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