Wrightsville Beach hires assistant public works director

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Less than one month after naming building inspector Bill Squires as public works director, Wrightsville Beach has hired a new assistant public works director, once again promoting from within.

The town announced the hiring of Jonathan Babin as assistant public works director May 2, a position that has been vacant since Steve Dellies resigned last November.

Babin brings to his new role both public works experience and a rapport with Squires and the town’s residents.

He has worked in the town’s public works department for eight years, most recently as stormwater manager from 2012 to 2016. In that role, he ensured residents’ compliance with the town’s stormwater runoff regulations. He also worked closely with the N.C. Coastal Federation to engineer projects that collect or divert stormwater on town property.

The process of issuing stormwater and building permits caused him to work closely with Squires, building inspector at the time. That existing partnership will make for a smoother transition as they inhabit the top spots in the public works department, Babin said.

“We’ve always worked hand in hand to get permitting done,” he said. “We were always in contact with each other, so it will be an easy transition.”

As stormwater manager, he also worked closely with the water and sewer division, he said, so he has a solid understanding of Wrightsville Beach’s infrastructure. Additionally, he has experience leading the public works department, having served as interim public works director until the town hired Squires.

“It gave me an idea what they would want from me, and they thought I did a good enough job with that, that I could handle the assistant director position,” he said.

Before becoming stormwater manager, Babin worked in the facilities maintenance division from 2008 to 2012.

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