The mayor may soon be adding New Milford's sewer plant workers to her employee list.

A change was proposed this week by town hall officials for the status of employees of the wastewater treatment facility.

To this point, the eight employees have been under the jurisdiction of the town's Sewer Commission.

A public hearing set Aug. 11 at 7:15 p.m. at town hall will seek to get public input on having the sewer plant workers shifted to be under the jurisdiction of the mayor.

Since the January death of the plant's longtime supervisor, Ken Bailey, Assistant Chief Operator Ronnie Ploof has assumed the supervisor's duties, with state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection approval.

In April, the DEEP gave the Sewer Commission one year to fill the No. 4 chief operator's position previously held by Bailey.

Mayor Pat Murphy and the town's personnel director, Alan Chapin, have been assisting in the search.

"The employees at the plant are doing a very good job and doing the best they can with DEEP assistance," Murphy said. "This change would have them respond to the town as town employees, adding town oversight."

Murphy said the day-to-day work at the plant would continue under Sewer Commission leadership.

--Susan Tuz