Perfectly Planned Interview: Spotlight, Eric Burbank, Public Works

Eric Burbank at Green Day III, '09
Eric Burbank at Maplewood Green Day on October 10, 2009


In 2009 I met with Eric Burbank, then Interim Director of Public Works to interview him for this blog.  Last summer we sat down and talked about his most recent promotion, and what his first goal was as Interim Director.  Plus, I asked Eric details about himself.

This summer 2010 Eric is the Public Works Director. Find last year’s interview below.

W. S. Hughes: How long have you worked for Maplewood Township, and what positions have you held?

Eric Burbank: I started 22 years ago, in 1987 as a laborer in the parks.  I went into the roads division, and then the sewers division. In 1994 I was promoted to foreman of the sewers division.

In ’96 the State Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) certified me as the townships collection systems operator.

In ’98 I took on management responsibilities at Public Works overseeing recyclables, garbage, as well as upkeep of the Public Works property.

In 2006 I was promoted to supervisor of Public Works, and in 2007 I became the township’s recycling coordinator.  Today I hold the position of Interim Director of Public Works.  I was appointed to this position as of June 1st, and in six months the decision will be made if I will be permanently appointed.

W. S. Hughes: You are Interim Director of Public Works.  What are your goals for the department?

Eric Burbank: One of my goals is to focus on customer service, specifically residential needs.  I want my department to provide quality service.

W. S. Hughes: Could you tell me a little about yourself?  Do you live and work in Maplewood?

Eric Burbank: When I first got hired here I moved to Maplewood.  I love Maplewood and over the years I’ve volunteered in about 20 different committees – as a Hilton Neighborhood Association Trustee, and I’m a past president of the South Orange Elks.

Eric Burbank became the Director of Public Works late 2010 early 2011.

© 2010 W. S. Hughes

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