Bill Stonestreet, who has served as interim maintenance superintendent for Howard County since the previous superintendent’s departure, was selected by the board of commissioners Monday to fill the role permanently.
Stonestreet served as the interim superintendent following the dismissal of former superintendent Darrell Reed, who was fired in January along with his secretary, Diane Donnell. The pair were arrested on warrants alleging official misconduct and theft.
Stonestreet served as assistant superintendent for nearly six years. Stonestreet is in his eighth year working for the county, beginning as an employee for the Howard County Jail.
Stonestreet said he learned a lot in a short period of time as interim director, which helped get him better acquainted with some of the position’s administrative duties.
“I knew the buildings better than anyone,” he said. “That was the easy part. The hard part was just learning the payroll and claims. I didn’t have any experience in that, but it really wasn’t that hard to pick up and I had a lot of help.”
Howard County Commissioner Tyler Moore said Stonestreet was one of three candidates to interview for the position.
Since taking on the interim superintendent role, Stonestreet has taken initiative in keeping things running smoothly, board of commissioners president Paul Wyman said.
“Since you have taken over the position, I think we’ve all been impressed with the work that you’ve done,” he said. “There are some folks that would take that type of role and kind of sit back, but you didn’t do that. You took the bull by the horns and made some things happen.”
Stonestreet said the maintenance department already has worked with other county departments to streamline its operations.
“We started a transition by eliminating a maintenance secretary position,” he said. “We turned that into a labor maintenance position. We also gave the assistant supervisor some of the secretarial responsibilities. That reduces the amount of time we had somebody watching the phone when they could be out working.”
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