New city of Watertown water superintendent set to be hired

The city will soon have a new water superintendent to replace Michael J. Sligar, who retired two weeks ago after 36 years of service with the city.

Vicky Murphy has been tapped to fill the position to run the city’s water department. She will be paid an annual salary of $88,000.

City Council will consider her salary tonight at its 7 p.m. meeting. Her starting date was not known on Friday.

Mayor Joseph M. Butler Jr. and council members Stephen A. Jennings and Teresa R. Macaluso said they did not know much about Ms. Murphy, saying it was an appointment by City Manager Sharon A. Addison.

Ms. Addison could not be reached for comment.

Ms. Murphy will be taking over a department that runs the city’s hydroelectric plant. In a memo, City Comptroller James E. Mill reported that hydro revenues generated from sale of its power to National Grid is up about $200,160, or 5.27 percent, for the year.

In other business, the City Council:

Will pass a resolution in support of Fort Drum as the preferred site for a potential missile defense system.

Will approve charging the Watertown Minor Hockey Association $70 per hour for ice time at the Watertown Municipal Arena. Council members also will discuss a proposed ordinance that would establish a new way for the city to set fees related to the Parks and Recreation Department.

By Craig Fox, Watertown Daily Times