WARRENSBURG- A changing of the guard is taking place in the Warren County Department of Public Works.
Several long-time supervisory employees either have retired or are retiring soon, and some of the positions are now being filled.
The county Board of Supervisors voted Friday to seek employees to fill two of the positions: Confidential Assistant to the Superintendent of Public Works/Fiscal Manager - now held by Judy Johnson; and the post of Deputy Superintendent of Public Works/Administration, now held by Rose Lamy.
Hailing originally from Horicon, Judy Johnson is retiring July 30 after about 29 years of service; and Rose Lamy, from Warrensburg, is retiring after 37 years on the job, county Superintendent of Public Works Bill Lamy said.
Also, two other 30-year Warren County employees retired March 31: Hank Sargent of Johnsburg, until recently Highway Foreman; and Jim Berry of Queensbury, Highway Construction Supervisor. Berry's post was filled with a provisional appointment, but Sargent was not replaced.
Also retiring recently was Highway Construction Supervisor Pat Malone of Queensbury, a 35-year county employee. Malone was replaced by Greg Bolton of Bolton.
Also, Mike Bourdeau of Queensbury, 30-year Airport Maintenance employee, retired recently. His position was consolidated to save taxpayer money, Lamy said.
"It's very hard to replace this kind of valuable experience," Bill Lamy said."These people have spent their whole careers to the service of Warren County residents, and I tip my hat to them."