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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Assistant Highway & Sanitation Director Kathryn Ronconi lost the assistant title last month and became Framingham’s first-ever female Highway & Sanitation Director in March.

The City of Framingham has never announced the promotion, which took effect on March 22.

Ronconi replaces Dan Nau, who was the Director of Highway and Sanitation for 11 years, before he retired in November 2020.

The City posted an advertisement on November 13, 2020 noting the salary range was $97,482 to $111,520.

There were 9 applicants for the DPW Director post, said City of Framingham Human Resource Director Dolores Hamilton to SOURCE on Friday, April 9.

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Three were scheduled for interviews, but one withdrew, said Hamilton.

Ronconi’s salary will be $116,500 annually, said Hamilton.

Ronconi, who was first hired by the Town of Framingham on June 16, 2008, has served as assistant director of the department since July 2014, and then interim director this past winter.

Ronconi has been the Assistant Director for Emergency Management for the City of Framingham since October of 2016.

The director of highway & sanitization works under the Director of Public Works, and has considerable latitude for independent judgement and action, and supervises 52 full-time employees.

The Highway Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the City’s Right of Way infrastructure, which includes roadway and sidewalks, street and regulatory signs, street sweeping, and street trees.

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The director prepares the department’s annual operating and capital budgets; performs cost control activities; ensures the effective expenditure of allocated funds; authorizes the purchase of supplies, materials and equipment.

 The highway & sanitation director also develops and implements plans for the construction, reconstruction, maintenance, cleaning, and repair of the City’s critical infrastructure relating to roadway, sidewalk, traffic systems, and storm drainage systems.

The sanitation department collects trash and recyclables from more than 17,000 residential dwellings with four or fewer units on a weekly basis and transport more than 130,000 pounds of material for recycling or disposal every day.

The division also operates the Recycling Center and Yard Waste Drop Off sites to allow residents to dispose of refuse, sorted recyclable materials, and yard waste.

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The sanitation department also does special events like spring and fall leaf and brush collection, Christmas tree collection, Household Hazardous Waste Day, Shred Fest, and an electronic recycling day.

Ronconi has a masters degree in emergency management from Massachusetts Maritime.

In 2012, she received a Certificate in Local Government Leadership and Management from Suffolk University.

Ronconi received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware in Political Science: Public Policy and Public Administration.

The City of Framingham began advertising for an assistant highway & sanitation director this month.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.