BY TINA PAPPAS
The Township of Little Falls has a new Department of Public Works (DPW) superintendent. Ronald Campbell was appointed by Mayor James Damiano to begin his post on Jan. 1.
The appointment was announced during the Township Council Reorganization meeting last month.
The position was previously held by Phillip Simone who passed away in October after having held the position since 1989. Campbell was acting superintendent in the interim period.
Campbell is a Little Falls native who is a graduate of Passaic Valley High School. The married father of two received his Certified Public Works Professional-Management (CPWP-M) in 2016 from Rutgers University.
He started with the DPW in 1988, first as a laborer and then as an equipment operator in 1998. He then became a foreman in 2002. He said his knowledge and years of experience are helpful but that he also has confidence in the team he works with.
“You’re only as good as the guys you work with,” Campbell explained. “I was taught ‘old school’ and that we’re really working for the taxpayer. I also have a good relationship with the neighboring DPWs of Woodland Park and Totowa, so I should be in good hands.”
In light of the recent pandemic, Campbell said that social distancing remains a top priority at the DPW.
“That’s been a big part of my job, making sure that everybody’s doing the right thing and they have been,” he said. “I look forward to working closely with Mayor Damiano and the Township Council to see that whatever they need gets done, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
Damiano said he was thrilled to have Campbell at the helm of the DPW as the department continues to provide the same great services that residents have been accustomed to.
He added that his tenure as foreman has gained the trust and support of the DPW employees who have always looked towards him for guidance.
“Ron is a proven leader in his years as foreman and I know he will continue leading this department as DPW superintendent,” Damiano explained. “My goal in working with Ron going forward is to find places where we can work together to improve Little Falls in as many ways as possible. I know Ron has a bright future leading this department.”
Council President Anthony Sgobba echoed Damiano’s sentiments.
“Ron is very deserving of the position of DPW superintendent,” he said. “He has been a very dedicated DPW employee for decades. He will continue the good work that the DPW has always accomplished in the past under prior superintendents.”
Campbell also gave thanks to Damiano, Township Administrator Charles Cuccia, and the Township Council for giving him the opportunity. Additionally, he thanked Tony and Liz Camal who he said helped him along the way with useful knowledge. He also gave thanks to Bonnie Walter.
“I would also like to thank my wife and two kids for their support during this process,” he added.