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Gugino retires from DPW, Fredonia names replacement

Tony Gugino

Fredonia Department of Public Works Supervisor Tony Gugino is retiring, and the village Board of Trustees acted quickly Monday to hire Scott Marsh as his replacement.

Mayor Douglas Essek began the meeting by reading Gugino’s brief retirement letter. Gugino, Fredonia’s DPW chief since 2018, wrote he was resigning as of June 16 in order to retire so he could spend more time with family.

The trustees accepted Gugino’s letter then went into a 40-minute-long executive session “to discuss the employment history of persons or persons involved with the DPW,” according to the motion of trustee Roger Britz.

After the executive session, trustees voted unanimously to name Marsh the acting DPW supervisor, effective immediately until June 16, “for any absences of the current DPW supervisor,” according to the resolution as read by trustee EvaDawn Bashaw.

The trustees then unanimously made a provisional appointment of Marsh to the full-time supervisor post, effective June 17. The resolution, read by trustee Heidi Powell, states that there is no civil service list available at this time for DPW supervisors, and trustees wish to move ahead in filling the position as quickly as possible.

The meeting then ended with no further action or comment by village officials.

Gugino’s retirement is the third supervisory retirement since 2019. Former police Chief Bradley Meyers retired then with Fire Chief Ryan Walker retiring earlier this spring. Philip Maslak is currently village police chief while Kurt Maytum is currently acting fire chief.

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