The city of Gardiner recently hired a wastewater superintendent who served in the same role more than a decade ago.

Douglas Clark, of Randolph, worked at the Gardiner Wastewater Treatment Plant between 1982 and 1999, according to a news release from the city. He most recently worked as operator at the Kennebec Water District in Vassalboro.

Clark replaced Chuck Applebee, who gave his notice of resignation in November to dedicate his attention to his personal water quality business after serving as wastewater superintendent for 15 years. Clark’s first day was Feb. 28.

“It’s really good to be back in Gardiner,” Clark said in the release. “I have roots in the community and I feel like I’m coming home.”

Clark said he has never seen a more professional, team-oriented group in his 35 years of experience in water treatment plants.

He will be paid a base salary of $65,000, according to the release.

“We’re delighted to have Doug Clark return to the City of Gardiner,” said City Manager Scott Morelli in the release. “Although a lot has changed in 15 years, Doug has a solid familiarity with the plant and with the city’s sewer infrastructure. His vast experience and previous time working for Gardiner will certainly be an asset, especially for the many impending wastewater projects. “

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