MINERVA - After nearly 32 years of public service, Minerva Supervisor Mike McSweeney announced his retirement this week.
"I just want the town to know that I will not be seeking re-election this coming November," McSweeney said April 2. "It is only right to give time to those who may wish to run for the office."
For more than 26 years McSweeney served as Minerva town justice. He has served as supervisor since 2006 and at 67, McSweeney decided that the time is right.
"To be honest, I am not a huge fan of winters," he said. "I looked over my shoulder and I saw time catching-up."
McSweeney said he plans on wintering in Florida near Clearwater.
Although his primary career was in education, the McSweeney family has a long tradition of holding public office. He said his grandfather was elected as town justice in 1917 and his father held the seat throughout the mid 20th century.
McSweeney attained degrees from the New York State Universities of Canton, Oswego and Plattsburgh -achieving his master's degree in education and eventually receiving additional administration certifications.
He officially retired as principal at North Warren Central School nearly a decade ago.
During his 2005 campaign, McSweeney said he had three goals.
"I said I planned on fixing the road to North Creek, the road through Olmstedville and to work each and every day to make sure the taxpayer's money was being spent wisely - I think I was successful," he said.
McSweeney said the road work could not have been accomplished without the assistance of inter-municipal cooperation with Warren and Essex County officials.
"I just want to thank the residents, the town board and especially our clerk Kathy Persons and our bookkeeper Debbie Wait," McSweeney said.
He said he will not endorse a potential successor. Instead, he said, it is only appropriate to have the citizens decide.
"I just wish I had ran for this job earlier," McSweeney said. "I really enjoyed it."