YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown has continued to develop its engineering staff with the addition of an assistant civil engineer.

Westchester County resident William Batista was appointed Tuesday, Jan. 3, to the position in which he will assist Town Engineer Michael Quinn, whose position was created and filled last April. Yorktown had previously outsourced its engineering services for 15 years before bringing Quinn on.

Quinn said Batista’s position was created upon the retirement of a full-time staff member last year. Rather than adding an entirely new role, the department redistributed some responsibilities enabling them to bring Batista on while maintaining the department’s headcount.

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Batista holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College. After graduating in 2012, he worked for several years as an environmental engineer at the engineering and construction firm, CDM Smith on Long Island.

Quinn said Batista’s duties will include land development project reviews, sewer inspections, site inspections and assisting in digitizing the department’s records. He added that Batista’s experience with large water main installations for federal and local governments, and in programs that create digital renderings, made him an especially attractive candidate.

Batista also interned at the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities, where Quinn previously worked for over six years, so the two are looking forward to the reunion.

Batista introduced himself at the Jan. 3 town board meeting and said he is excited to start working with the town. He will officially start Monday, Jan. 23, at $77,477 annually.