Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Water Czar to Be Named Soon as Sligar Ends 36 Year Career

      Change at the top happens and a long time fixture in city goverment has retired. Michael Sligar leaves after 36 years managing aspects of the city's infrastructure as Chief Engineer, sewage plant operator and most recently as Water Superitendent.
       Mr. Sligar was well known and in his earlier years sparred with DANC and was not unfamiliar with controersy. Over the years , he proved a dependable steward of important city systems.
      He was  an advocate for fracking waste treatment and other ways to monetize the sewage plant.
      Most recently he has been a key confidant on the Third Floor and a participant in labor negotiations with the Fire Department. He was a meticulous manager and like anyone who go things done had his share of controversy along the way.
       A replacement will be named soon, although her name has not been announced.
       Council honored the Carthage area native and Clarkson grad in a City Hall ceremony on Tuesday.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/sligar-retires-after-36-year-career-with-city-of-watertown-20160629

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

There must be a war on Men at the Hall.....In the last 10 years women have been hired over men for the top spots in the Headshed, and most live outside the COW. The Reign of terror is over, Who will manage the Barge, all the TV's at the water dept.????????????

Anonymous said...

Who cares, Sligar leaves a legacy at the water dept. of overspending with no return and the disinfection byproducts from the COW plant will cost the COW 25-30 million for a new plant. I hope Ft Drum kicks in federal aid or costs will rise. Maybe you can now pee of of the barge and put the DOW on the monitors. That was the joke from assessment, DPW and other dept's.

Anonymous said...

I still remember Sligar coming to us with tears in his eyes because a judge in Albany told him to make amends for threatening employees to not speak to then CSEA vice president Bruce Pinkham or else. This was during your tenure Jeff. This shows the character of council and CM. Glad to be collecting my pension. I would have been fired like Mr. Gaffeny.

Anonymous said...

We at the water distribution system labeled this the crying games.

Anonymous said...

Hey 6:36 I remember the apology fiasco, glad I'm retired too....Love the pension and the hours........

Anonymous said...

Again, who cares??? and by the way, what does Mr. Sligar know about the fire service and ways of operations in that department? Why would he be given the authority to come up with the plan of attack? Isn't there a fire chief, deputy chief and others who are more qualified? this really shows how this CM micro-manages and gets the rest of the city in trouble. Wait and see how things work out, and who pays for what. Maybe the high priced lawyer will be just sitting back and reading about it in Newzjunky when he is gone with his $175,000 of taxpayers money and not much of anything was gained. If he needs to tell the fire department how to operate, maybe the chief and deputy can work for the sewage treatment plant and Mr. Sligar can collect another retirement in the fire service.

Anonymous said...


Sligar is a phony and poser plain and simple. A look back at his tenure will show that he was bounced from department to department and that his performance was less than stellar. A person who never took responsibility and always looked for someone else to blame. His lack of accountability may have been over shadowed by his ability to alienate and disenfranchise his subordinates. The new Super has a lot of damage to repair within this department. He is an excellent example of what is wrong with city administration. He is no Gary Pillon I will assure you of that. Gary was a descent person to work for and able to get the job done and still maintain the respect of his people. We call these the "good ol' days".

Anonymous said...

Right on 847, do anything wrong with the outgoing Sligar and a article 75 is a promise, then onto the Manager where she will surely fire at will,, Gary Pilon should run for Mayor..

Anonymous said...

8:47 is spot on; Gary is sickened to see what happened to a Dept. he rose from the ashes.