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New Scotland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 1, 2012

Highway department in flux

NEW SCOTLAND — When Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced in January that he planned to appoint Darrell Duncan as commissioner of public works, the town of New Scotland had no deputy highway superintendent.

Duncan had been the head of the town’s highway garage for nearly 20 years. On Jan. 11, the town board created a deputy position and named Kenneth Guyer to fill it on Duncan’s recommendation.

Duncan’s appointment to the county position was confirmed by the legislature in February. The vote was delayed a month due to controversy over McCoy’s pick for attorney, Conservative Thomas Marcelle, who was also confirmed, along with Michael Perrin as deputy county executive and Kathleen Dalton as commissioner of social services.

Guyer, 38, is a lifelong New Scotland resident who has worked at the highway garage, which has a dozen employees, for 13 years. He has submitted his r?sum? to be considered for the superintendent’s position.

The town board is currently soliciting r?sum?s for the post, to be sent to Supervisor Thomas Dolin’s office by March 15. The board will then appoint someone to serve for the remainder of this year and the town will hold a special election in November.

Guyer, who is not registered with a party, is seeking the Democratic nomination, he said last night.

By Saranac Hale Spencer

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