Essex County supervisors voted to appoint Jay's public works chief Chris Garrow as the county's new Department of Public Works superintendent last week.
The current DPW superintendent, Anthony LaVigne, is retiring from the position on May 30. Garrow will start for the county on May 14. He said he will spend a few weeks with LaVigne to get a game plan for the county.
"I'm excited to get over there and meet the people," Garrow said.
Garrow began working for the town of Jay highway department in 1986 as a laborer. He was elected highway superintendent in 2001. In 2004, he also became the director of public works. More recently, he became the sewer treatment plant supervisor when the town became in charge of the AuSable Forks sewer district.
Currently there are several projects in the works for the town of Jay. Five more projects will go out to bid on May 8. A few of those are sewer projects and also putting in a new pump station.
"I'm not going to leave them high and dry," Garrow said. "I talked to the board after discussing with all the board members and felt it was better for me to go over there."
Randy Douglas, the town of Jay supervisor and chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, said he worked with Garrow through nine states of emergency and three federally declared emergencies.
"He always went above and beyond to protect the well being of the good people of the Town of Jay," Douglas wrote by email. "This is definitely a huge loss for the Town of Jay and great addition to Essex County."