Bucks County Herald

Upper Makefield appoints new public works foreman

CHRIS RUVO

Upper Makefield has hired a new public works foreman.

The board of supervisors voted at its May 1 meeting to appoint Matthew Gorman of Willow Grove to the position.

The hire comes weeks after Upper Makefield had Bruce Scott take over as superintendent of the public works department. Scott was the previous public works foreman in Upper Makefield. He had most recently been serving as interim superintendent, following the retirement of Bob Johnson last October, when he was promoted to the top job in the department.

As the public works foreman, Gorman will report to Scott and lead crews on job sites, among other duties, said Township Manager David Nyman.

“Matt’s previous public works experience in Hatboro helped make him the stand-out candidate,” said Nyman.

From 1987 to 2006, Gorman worked for Hatboro’s municipal public works department, documents indicate. Rising to lead technician, his experience included everything from handling road work and park maintenance, to managerial functions supervising the department and orienting new employees.

In more recent years, Gorman gained experience as a building manager in the private sector.

In Upper Makefield, the public works department is responsible for the upkeep of township roadways and property. The department maintains buildings and parks, and ensures township roads are clear and safe for year-round travel, which includes snow plowing.

Upper Makefield public works employees plow 52 miles of township roads and more than 13 miles of state roads. PennDOT handles the remaining state roads within township borders.

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