There's a new health director in Killingworth.
At their Nov. 28 meeting, selectmen approved the appointment of Maura Esposito as the town's interim health director for the remainder of the year. (Selectman Fred Dudek was absent)
Starting Jan. 1, Esposito will become Killingworth's regular health director and will take on the role of town sanitarian, a position responsible for monitoring subsurface disposal systems and restaurant inspections.
First Selectman Cathy Iino said Esposito will be paid $40 per hour and work between 12-16 hours a week. The town currently spends "a little over $40,000" on similar services and expects to budget between $25,000-$33,000 for the new position, a small savings according to Iino.
"She's a great candidate. Very enthusiastic, very energetic and knowledgable," she said.
Esposito's appointment will at least temporarily end the town's partnership with the Chatham Health District, which has provided health services for the town on an interim basis.
Iino said the town has not ruled out joining the .
"I'm actually much more comfortable with this approach than joining the district," said selectman Louis Annino Jr. "I think it's a good move for the town."