Lloyd Clukey began his highway superintendent duties on Valentine's Day. His experience in public works and supervisory roles made him a stand out candidate, said Councilman Ken Brassard.
After a career in corrections and a second one in water and sewer works, taking the highway superintendent position is a new challenge for Lloyd Clukey, but he said the experienced crew there is a great help.
“Some of them have been there 25, 30 years,” said Clukey. Their experience in roadwork is a great help to the transitioning public employee, who started his new responsibilities Valentine’s Day.
Clukey spent 25 years as a corrections officer in the Town of Dannemora, first at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora village. He retired from the Lyon Mountain facility about six years ago.
He’s lived in the town his whole life and currently lives in Lyon Mountain. He grew up down the road in Chazy Lake, where he spent plenty of time doing farmwork as a youth.
“I’ve always lived here. I wouldn’t go anywhere else,” he said.
He worked with the town’s water and sewer department for 17 years. That experience is part of the reason he was chosen above the other three candidates for the position, said Councilman Ken Brassard Jr.
His time there had him in close contact with town government. As the highway department superintendent, that experience working within local government rules will prove useful, said Clukey.
Brassard noted that Clukey’s work with town water and sewer systems will also be a boon. If there are any difficulties with those systems, the new highway supervisor will be able to help out in a pinch.
His years as a corrections officer gave him plenty of experience as a suprisor, too, said Brassard.
Clukey’s new position is salaried for $35,020 a year.