Rehoboth Beach officials did not have to look far to find a replacement for long-time public works director Mel Craig.
Mike Peterman of the city’s parking department has been promoted to public works director after spending five years in the parking division’s tech services department.
Peterman said he hopes to streamline the department and make it more efficient, upgrade equipment and institute a monthly safety class for equipment.
Peterman’s job has been as the city’s go-to guy for sign installation, street painting and parking meter repair. His department, currently under the parking division, will be folded into public works; his new job title will be streets superintendent.
Before being hired in Rehoboth, Peterman, a native of Milford, spent five years at Pools and Spas Unlimited in their tech services department. He said he was brought aboard by then-City Manager Greg Ferrese to head tech services for the parking meters.
City Manager Sharon Lynn said the city chose Peterman from a pool of 13 applicants because of the variety of his experience.
“When it came down to interviews, Mike stood out the best,” Lynn said. “He’ll do a good job. He’s been a steady, professional employee here.”
Lynn said Peterman would begin Monday, June 23, training for a week under Craig, who is retiring after 18 years on the job. Peterman will officially take over the position after Craig’s retirement Friday, June 27.
“Mel, he has a lot of experience, I just hope the little bit of time I have with him I can learn as much as I can,” Peterman said. “I know all the guys. It should be a good transition.”