Hartland's New Town Manager Sees Flood On First Day

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Hartland’s new town manager started his position on July 1, the day a massive storm flooded homes and roadways throughout the Upper Valley, leaving parts of Hartland's roads unpassable through the weekend.

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"It dawned on me that I was on duty at that point," said David Ormiston, who said he was at home watching it rain that day. “It was a bit of a surprise.”

The Hartland road crew was called into action. Ellison Road was closed for half the day on Sunday and Hartland Hill Road sustained significant damage as a result of the storm.

Ormiston, 51, began his first full day in the office last Monday. He is taking over for Bob Stacey, who was town manager for roughly 20 years.

Despite the paperwork he'll probably need to fill out as a result of the rain, Ormiston is enthusiastic about his new position.

Ormiston is already a familiar face to the Upper Valley. He was most recently the interim town manager in Norwich, where he spent 11 months.

“After being in Norwich, I wanted to stay in the Upper Valley,” he said.

Ormiston was previously the assistant town manager in St. Johnsbury. He also has experience as finance director for Barton.

Ormiston lives in Burke now and is planning to move to Hartland Aug. 1.

Aside from all that, Ormiston is a major Boston sports fan and he loves to ski. These are some things you should know about him:

Which three people, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with?

I’d like to eat dinner with my Dad who passed away when I was 5.  Otherwise, I would also like to eat with Bill Belickick, coach of New England Patriots or perhaps Jerry York, Head Coach, Boston College Men’s Hockey.

If money were not a consideration, how would you spend your days?

Traveling the world.

What did you want to be growing up?

Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

If you were suddenly the winner of a $10 million lottery ticket, what’s the first thing you’d buy?

Pair of skis for myself.  A horse for my daughter.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done?

This can’t be shared with the general public.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

To ski Tuckerman’s Ravine, ski the Alp’s, visit a bar in the Outback of Australia.


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