An opportunity to grow, was the reason why Don Walkup applied for the Newcomerstown Water and Wastewater superintendent position after longtime superintendent Tom Sauerbrey resigned.

And he got it.

I plan on staying here until I retire, Walkup said. Its the best place to finish out your career as a superintendent.

Walkup, along with wastewater operator Kenny Schweitzer, each applied for the position. They each served in the superintendent position for a 90-day trial period.

The board had a tough decision because we were both very qualified, said Walkup. The Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs consists of Gregg Shivers, president; Al Miskimen, vice president; and Jim Friel, member.

After an executive session, Walkup was named superintendent, and Schweitzer was named the new the Water and Wastewater assistant superintendent.

Meanwhile, Walkup, who is a 1984 graduate of Newcomerstown High School, started his career in Newcomerstown in April 1990 as a wastewater laborer. Then received his license and became an operator. Now, he holds a Class II wastewater license and a Class I water license.

His duties as superintendent include scheduling, payroll, attending Board of Public Affairs meetings, maintaining and overseeing the operation of all the plants, and a new aspect is attending the Newcomerstown Village Council meetings.

Id like to see communication improve, especially between the board (of public affairs) and council, Walkup said about his plans for the future.

As far as future projects, Walkup said they are in the design phase of the Scott Drive lift station and having the water lines replaced under two streets in the village that have two-inch galvanized pipe. He said he would like to replace them with a larger plastic pipe.

But, his main goal as superintendent is having an open door policy for residents to come in or call him about water and wastewater services/problems.