Valley Sanitary District leaders spar over chief engineer’s job

youngstown ohio vigorito chief engineer status

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Anthony Vigorito has been working as the Chief Engineer for the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District the last eighteen months. He still does not have either his Class IV operating license from the Ohio EPA or a Professional Engineer’s certificate the District requires. But the president of the MVSD Board said Vigorito just needs a little more time.

“We’ve asked him to operate the plant. We’ve asked him to get two professional licenses at the same time. I think that’s asking a lot of an individual,” MVSD Board President Rufus Hudson said.

Facing a February EPA deadline for Vigorito to get his certificates, the MVSD Board voted Wednesday night to begin looking for another chief engineer. But statements fellow Board Member Matt Blair told a local paper about the decision aren’t sitting well now with Hudson.

“Those statements were premature at best, juvenile and amateurish at the best,” Hudson said.

Hudson claims Blair is simply looking to replace Vigorito permanently, something Blair argues isn’t true.

“At no time did I receive a phone call from Rufus Hudson to ever ask me what had been discussed,” Blair said.

Hudson tells me his intention is to only make a temporary replacement.

“We have to have someone in place that has the credentials on an interim basis until such time as we feel that Anthony gets his,” Hudson said.

Vigorito has an EPA class III license as well as degrees in engineering and chemistry.

“Speaking of what’s amateur, that’s amateur,” Blair said. “Because you go out to recruit somebody, you don’t want to be recruiting on the basis that they would only be an interim.”

While Vigorito told WKBN he recently took his Engineer’s exam and is submitting information to get his EPA license, his contract as chief engineer runs out at the end of the year, leaving the two directors at odds over his future.

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