Sharpsburg public works Director Jordan D’Ambrosio has taken his talents to Swissvale.
D’Ambrosio served Sharpsburg the past seven years.
He was presented a proclamation by Mayor Brittany Reno, and council members praised his services at the July 28 council meeting.
During his tenure, the department has grown from a couple of workers to five full-timers. Improvements were made to the 16th Street and Kennedy Park playgrounds. New vehicles and equipment were added and a major portion of the long-term streetscape project was completed.
The borough also christened a new public works facility earlier this year.
“I would just like to thank all the members of council, past and present, for giving me the opportunity to be the public works director,” D’Ambrosio said. “Thank the residents, and of course thank the staff, the police department, fire department and the public works department.”
D’Ambrosio said some of his most memorable experiences include guiding the construction of the new building and streetscape project.
The project was designed to make Main Street more pedestrian friendly. It includes pruning and replacing trees, replacing unsafe sidewalks and upgrades to crosswalks and ramps, as well as new trash cans and bike racks along the sidewalks in both directions away from the statue of Chief Guyasuta.
The borough in 2018 received $500,000 through the Community Development Block Grant program and has applied for other state money to cover the cost of redoing the entire stretch of Main Street between Sixth and 13Th streets,
Swissvale Council unanimously voted to hire D’Ambrosio at its July 6 meeting. His salary is $75,000.
D’Ambrosio, 40, of Churchill will lead a department of 15 full-time workers and a part-time laborer.
“I just wanted to take on a new opportunity, new challenge,” he said. “They have a pretty robust public works department. They also take care of garbage (collection).”
Greg Bachy served as Swissvale’s public works director from June 2015 until this past May when he was promoted to full-time borough manager.
Bachy said there were multiple applicants for the public works job with D’Ambrosio being selected out of four finalists.
“He stood out above everybody else because he had public works director experience in Sharpsburg, plus he also worked in public works as a laborer and foreman for Allegheny County in the past,” Bachy said. “He knows the management and workers’ side.”
Bachy said Swissvale is looking to hire another public works employee. Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license.
D’Ambrosio’s last official day in Sharpsburg was July 18 and he started his new job July 25.
He left the borough with compensation at an hourly rate of $26.78. Jack Dellert was promoted to foreman at an hourly rate of $25.