Champlain Larry L. Sorrell, superintendent of the village department of public works, has been recognized for 25 years of service by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.
Sorrell was presented with a framed certificate marking his milestone during the Aug. 8 meeting of the village board of trustees.
“It was nice,” Sorrell said of the recognition.
“I didn’t know it was coming; otherwise I would have worn a dress shirt to the meeting,” he added, laughing.
Though the state organization honored him for a quarter-century of service, Sorrell has actually worked for the village DPW since March 2, 1983. Since that time, Sorrell has worked in every aspect of the department, including working on the village’s water and sewer systems, plowing snow, and cleaning village streets.
“When I first started, we used to sweep the streets with a 16-inch push broom, which we’d pick up with shovels and put into a backhoe,” Sorrell recalled. “Now, we have a streetsweeper.”
Sorrell said he enjoys all aspects of his job, and especially likes working with the older residents of the village.
“I like being there to help them,” he said. “It’s the way I was brought up.”
Growing up on his family’s dairy farm also gave him a strong work ethic, said Sorrell, which has carried over into his job today.
“Even when I’m not working, I like to stop in [to the village office] to see what’s happening,” said Sorrell.
Overall, Sorrell said he likes his job and will continue to do it as long as he can.
“I like it because it’s not the same thing every day,” he said. “One day we’re plowing snow, the next day it’s fixing a water main break.”
Mayor Gregory R. Martin commended Sorrell for his dedication to the village and congratulated him on his years of service so far.