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2017-03-15 / Front Page

Town appoints new highway superintendent


At Monday’s Tonawanda Town Board meeting, Thomas C. Jones II was appointed to the position of highway superintendent.

He was selected to replace Bill Swanson, whose retirement was accepted by the Town Board at the meeting.

Swanson had worked for the town for the past 41 years. He joined the Highway Department in April 1976 as a laborer under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act program, and was hired permanently in 1978.

In 2011, he was appointed highway superintendent.

Supervisor Joseph Emminger presented Swanson with a certificate of recognition for his years of service. The Town Board noted that he will be missed.

Employees from the Highway Department filled the seats in the boardroom to wish Swanson well and welcome Jones.

Councilwoman Lisa Chimera noted that Swanson received respect and admiration from his workers because he rose through the ranks.

“And that’s what every good highway superintendent does. They do all the jobs of the Highway Department, and they know their workers.”

Councilman Daniel Crangle, who has worked with Swanson for 11 years, noted that he has been honest.

“I think that a lot of these employees that are here are going to miss you.”

Jones had been highway general foreman before being appointed to his new role.

“All you employees and town residents, I’m looking forward to serving you,” Jones said.

Additionally, the Town Board temporarily reinstated the overnight parking ban, effective through Saturday, March 18.

The next Town Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at 2919 Delaware Ave.

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