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Staff Writer

AYER — The Department of Public Works filled two open positions after the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the appointments.

DPW Superintendent Michael Madigan recommended Luis Ramos, of Fitchburg, to fill the open position of Highway Department utility person.

There were 18 applicants for the open position and Madigan and Highway Department Foreman Dave Kidder interviewed six of them.

“He was the only applicant that came with a shirt and a tie,” Madigan said with a laugh. “It’s not the reason why I’m recommending him, but it does impress people.”

Selectman Jim Fay took the shirt and tie a little bit more seriously.

“Don’t laugh at the shirt and tie. I once got a job only because I was wearing a shirt and tie,” Fay said. “I always like the opportunity to tell that story.”

Madigan suggested Steve Perron, of Townsend, to fill the open solid waste transfer station attendant position, after seven applicants applied for the job and two were interviewed by Madigan and Solid Waste Department Foreman Jim O’Blenes.

Perron has lived in Townsend for the past 11 years and endured a company layoff with Hewlett-Packard, where he worked for 22 years.

Madigan spoke highly of both applicants, based on their previous work experience, enthusiasm for the positions and their excellent references provided by former employers.

Both Ramos and Perron have already passed their pre-employment physical and drug tests.

The board unanimously approved both appointments, subject to the standard 12-month probationary period.

The selectmen also unanimously approved the appointments of Kristen Taylor to the Cultural Council and Alene Reich to the Fire Station Re-Use Committee.

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