BATH - Mitch Alger, current Steuben County deputy manager, was hired Thursday by the Bath Village Board of Trustees as the Assistant Director of Municipal Utilities at the Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems.

Alger, 36, said he will leave his current Steuben County deputy manager position, which he has held for the past three years, in mid-January and quickly thereafter start his new job.

Erin Bonacci, director of Municipal Utilities at the Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems, said she is very excited to work with Alger.

“His experience with capital projects - planning, budgeting, executing and oversight - really set him apart from the other candidates,” Bonacci said. “Mitch also has extensive experience in public sector management and policy which are extremely important to our operations.”

Jeffrey Muller, chairman of the Bath Municipal Utility Commission, said the commission has been in search for an assistant director since 2017.

“After a thorough and lengthy interview process, we selected Alger,” Muller said. “He will be a great asset to Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems, and play an important role in the planning and managing of upcoming projects, many of which are regulatory driven.”

Bonacci said during the search for the position officials went through almost 40 applicants and conducted phone and personal interviews.

“Alger is just a great compliment and will be a huge asset to Bath Electric, Gas utilities,” Bonacci said. “We are really excited to have him join us.”

The Bath Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Alger for the position.

“He will be a great addition,” said Mayor Bill von Hagn. “We are happy to have him join us. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a complete management structure at Bath Electric. I really looking forward to (his) assistance and what (he will) bring to the table.”