The position had been left open since January when Don Edwards took the job as Borough Manager. Edwards had continued to oversee the public works department.

Watson is pleased to be working in Phoenixville.

"The borough is expanding and it's going to be exciting to see the growth of the borough," said Watson. "There's a lot of work ahead of us and it's going to be exciting. The borough has come a long way in the last 15 years and it seems to be all positive."

Watson will be working closely with the superintendents of several borough departments.

He said that he met with Superintendents' Andy Fabian of the Water Treatment Department, Matt Mullin of the Wastewater Treatment Department , Bob McTamney of the Parks and Recreation Department, Spike Cohen of the Streets Department and Bob Nattle, the Water Distribution Supervisor.

While the borough undergoes much new construction, Watson will be involved with the site development of the roads, storm sewers, sanitary sewers and water infrastructure. He will work alongside the borough's inspectors.

The 40-year-old married father of two worked for the previous 11 years for the H&K Group.

He was an estimator and project manager and worked on bidding projects and site development.

He worked on the reconstruction at Phoenixville Area High School as a project engineer for the running track and reconfigured the parking.

Watson also worked on the Giant shopping center.

"I've known Don (Edwards) for five years while working in the borough and as a resident," said Watson. "I think the world of Don."

The East Pikeland resident's wife teaches at Barkley Elementary School.

Watson is comfortable both in the office and outside.

"I'll be in the office part of the day and on job sites the rest of the day," he said. "You have to get involved with the projects. They won't run themselves."

Watson plays competitive rugby for the White Horse Rugby Club with the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU).

He's been playing since high school and says that while his role now is mostly administrative he still gets into the games.

"Playing every game is tough on the old body," said Watson. "Everybody can be involved in every play. It's a full team sport. Skill level or athletic ability doesn't matter as much as togetherness of the team."

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