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Water Dept Superintendent Retires unexpectedly, Leaving Yet Another Vacancy in Mt Vernon City Hall

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***UPDATED FRIDAY, APRIL 15th at 6:55 P.M. To Include HR Commish Rick Pogue quote***

e6202e44-3efc-40d5-99cb-730af0f682d3Mount Vernon — Longtime Superintendent of the Mount Vernon Water Department, Marianne Vogel, has resigned unexpectedly, adding to the previous perplexing plight facing the current administration. While no reason for her swift retirement was given, it was confirmed by BW, that she put in for retirement, effective Friday.

Marianna Vogel was the first woman ever to be appointed Water Superintendent in Westchester County.

Her departure creates a huge void in that department, since besides not having a Water Commissioner in place; Vogel’s departure left the department operating without a licensed supervisor, which would be a serious violation, but the HR Commissioner Rick Pogue assures a 1b Operator is in place.

HR Commissioner Rick Pogue advised BW, Mount Vernon has, “A 1B operator who will report immediately.” Pogue informed that Micheal Ferraro will be the new licence supervisor until a permanent person fill the position. Ferraro will report Saturday morning to assess the City and take over.

The Mount Vernon Water Department generates millions of dollars for the city and they need to come up with a solution to keep the department functioning.

Vogel’s departure leaves yet another vacancy in the current administration, who’s transition has been anything but smooth. On Friday, April 8th Public Safety Commissioner Robert ‘Bob’ Kelly was fired by Mayor Richard Thomas.

While Mayor Thomas did move swiftly by appointing Shawyn Patterson-Howard as Planning Commission shorty after firing former Planning Commissioner Jamie Martinez, and the appointment of Rick Pogue to HR Commissioner, the new administration still has many holes to fill as far as vacancies in Commissioner positions.

In addition to currently not having a Water Commissioner after the firing of Former Water Commissioner Anthony Bove, Mayor Thomas in his first 100 days has yet to fill the vacant Fire Commissioner, Building Commissioner and Commissioner of Management Services positions, and had the Police Commissioner vacancy added to the list last Friday.

Marianne Vogel began her career in 1979 as an Assistant Water Chemist and Bacteriologist with the City of Yonkers. In 1983, she was promoted to Chief Chemist and Bacteriologist. At the same time, she became the Director of the Yonkers Water Laboratory, an environmental laboratory approved by the New York State Department of Health for the analysis of drinking water. In 1993, responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Water Treatment Plant and the five outlying pump/treatment facilities was added to her duties. She was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Water for the City of Yonkers in 1996.

Ms. Vogel joined the Mount Vernon Board of Water Supply as Assistant Water Superintendent in February 1999. Upon the retirement of Richard Maurno in March of 1999, she became the first woman ever to be appointed Water Superintendent in Westchester County.

As superintendent, Ms. Vogel’s primary focus is to ensure that Mount Vernon’s water is monitored as required and meets or exceeds all existing standards of the U.S.E.P.A. and NYS Health Department. She also is oversees the Water Shop which has the duty to maintain water mains, fire hydrants, and service lines from the main to the curb valve.

Ms. Vogel is a member of the American Water Works Association – New York State Section. She is also an active member of the Westchester Water Works Conference (WWWC) and has been involved in a number of committees over the years. From 1990 through 1997, she chaired the Workshop Committee and in 1997, the Finance Committee. In 1998, she became Conference Chair, the first woman to hold that position in the history of the organization.

Marianne earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. In addition to her academic credentials, she possesses Grades IA and D Public Water System Operator Certifications from the New York State Department of Health.

AJ Woodson

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