He started as a high school kid mowing lawns as a seasonal worker and evolved into one of the key cogs of the Town of Perinton’s Department of Public Works. After 39 years of serving residents, Highway Supervisor Jim Spencer celebrated his retirement Friday.
“He’s been an invaluable part of the DPW for nearly 4 decades and the Town is a better place to live, work and play because of him,” said DPW Commissioner Jason Kennedy. “He’s a man of many talents and interests and he’s likely going to be busier in retirement than he was during his working career caring for his horses, tending his farm, hiking the ADK and AT and spending time with family and friends. He is going to be missed around here.”
Jim started working seasonal part-time in the Sewer Department at 16 in 1983. In the summers of 1984 and 1985 he was an intern working as a construction inspector for the Sewer Department. In August of 1985, he was hired as a Construction Inspector, a job he would work for 8 years.
In October of 1993, Jim was appointed Sewer Superintendent. Then in October of 1999, he was appointed Director of Operations, which meant he ran the Sewer Department and the Highway Department. In January of 2001, he was named Deputy Commissioner of Public Works for the Highway Department.
Jim worked under 6 DPW Commissioners and 3 Town Supervisors.
“Replacing his knowledge and experience is impossible,” said Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna. “Jim has been a constant in DPW for 4 decades. He has worked hard to give the residents all the services he could and the Town is indebted to his service.”
Congratulations Jim and thanks for all you did!