By Corinne Holroyd
---- — WINDHAM — The Community Development Department has a new staff member.
Dick Gregory, a Salem resident, is the town’s new code enforcement administrator as of June 23.
“I know a lot of the people in Windham and a lot of the businesses in Windham,” he said. “Windham isn’t that far from Salem.”
Gregory’s experience includes his current job as a commercial contractor and his former position as a Salem selectman.
“We felt that he had good experience and background for the job,” Town Administrator David Sullivan said.
Gregory’s new job includes providing staff support to the Zoning Board of Adjustment and its applicants, enforcing zoning codes, and processing all fence, minor watershed, and temporary and permanent sign applications.
He will also be in charge of floodplains and 55-and-older development compliance.
“This is a job that I’m interested in and I like Windham,” he said. “Salem just doesn’t happen to have a code enforcement officer. It looked like a nice opportunity.”
While there are no big projects coming up that he knows of, Gregory said he has been busy settling into his new role.
“I like to be busy, it makes the day go by,” he said. “A lot of activity in any community is good for the community.”
The search for a new code enforcement administrator for just over a month after former administrator Nancy Prendergast resigned.
She gave Sullivan notice and the position was vacant for less than a month while Community Development Department director Laura Scott and other staff helped out.
“She resigned for her own, personal reasons,” Sullivan said. “She was a good employee, but I understand. I’m sorry to see her leave.”
The Community Development Department and the town offices, however, have welcomed Gregory and have treated him well, he said.
“He’s been doing well, fitting into the role very nicely and enjoying it, which is great,” Sullivan said.
The position is a part-time job — 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and Gregory makes $25.07 per hour, according to Sullivan.
The money, however, was not the reason he said he applied for the position.
“It wasn’t important,” he said. “It’s a part-time job and it’s something I was interested in.”