Aberdeen’s pick for public works director passes on job

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson’s first pick to fill the open public works director position turned down the job this week.

Simpson had offered the job to Nick Mascia, a city engineer and assistant public works director for the city of Surprise, Ariz. The City Council had even agreed to boost the vacation time given to Mascia and pay $3,000 to cover his re-location costs.

Simpson said Mascia just had other priorities and couldn’t take the job.

Public Works Director Larry Bledsoe is scheduled to retire on Dec. 21, although Bledsoe says he’s staying on to finish up some tasks from his new home in Idaho through the end of January.

Simpson said he’s talking to a potential new candidate in Eastern Washington now.

The city spent $20,000 on a consulting firm to do a nationwide search to look for candidates that would be a good fit for Aberdeen.