Agency hires Smullen as director

NORTHVILLE – The chairman of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District board says the newly hired executive director is a good fit for the agency, which uses the Great Sacandaga Lake to regulate the flow of water in the Hudson River.

The district hired Gloversville native Robert J. Smullen, who will begin the new job Thursday and be paid $119,101 per year.

Board Chairman Mark Finkle said Smullen appears to be a hard worker.

“He seemed like a good fit for us,” Finkle said. “It came through every time we talked to him.”

He said at least 40 people applied for the position. Only 10 of the 40 applicants received interviews. Finkle said only five or six candidates received a second interview.

According to a news release issued by the district, Smullen is a 1986 graduate of Gloversville High School. He attended Georgetown University of Foreign Service and the National Defense University.

Smullen has served in the United States Marine Corps. He ranked colonel before retiring in 2015.

Former Executive Director Michael Clark resigned in December. Chief Fiscal Officer Rick J. Ferrara was appointed as the acting executive director.

“The board went through a series of interviews. They looked for traits of someone who could suit that position,” Ferrara said.

His duties include overseeing the entire staff, reporting to the board and negotiating contracts.

“It’s a job that takes many hats,” Finkle said. “He will have to balance all of the interests of the people who live on the lake.”

“We are excited about having him,” Finkle said.

Smullen could not be reached for comment.

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