YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Residents can rest assured that the operation of their town’s water department is in good hands, as the Town Board last week figuratively handed its keys to a 31-year member.

Kenneth Rundle, who was appointed the department’s provisional distribution superintendent by the board in September 2016, was unanimously endorsed to fill that position permanently at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, May 1, at an annual salary of $107,625.

To assume the position, Rundle needed to take a Civil Service test. He became eligible by attaining the second highest score in the county among his group of test-takers.

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In moving his appointment, Supervisor Ilan Gilbert said he was “thrilled” to do so.

It is a position he is well-prepared to handle.

“I started with a shovel in my hand,” Rundle said in a phone call on Monday, May 7. “I’ve been through every singled title that’s available in the department.”

His rise entailed stints as a laborer, Grade 2 water maintenance worker, Grade 1 water maintenance worker, water maintenance foreman and assistant water superintendent. He now has oversight of a staff of 18.

“I would just like, as always, to recognize my staff, because without my staff, everybody in the maintenance to the meter departments to the office staff, I wouldn’t be here without them. They’re fabulous people and I’m very proud of them,” Rundle said.

In addition, the board accepted the resignation of Shajan George, a water meter reader who had been with the department for 20 years. Rundle said his position has not been filled.

The Police Department also filled an opening left by the transfer of James Waterhouse to the Yorktown Water Department after serving 11 years as a community service worker and the town’s animal warden.

Police Chief Robert Noble introduced Kristin Macey to the board, which unanimously approved her appointment.

Noble said Macey, a Cortlandt Manor resident, has a master’s in criminal justice from John Jay College and has served as a volunteer firefighter in Peekskill. She will begin her new job on May 29, earning a salary of $50,996 a year.

“At the police department, we’re excited to welcome Kristin and we look forward to her serving the town of Yorktown for many years to come,” Noble said.