Ed Morgan resigns as Murray highway superintendent

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 May 2020 at 9:00 pm

Ed Morgan

MURRAY – Ed Morgan, the Murray highway superintendent the past 30 years, has resigned, effective May 31.

The Murray Town Board accepted the resignation this evening. Morgan has been influential in the town’s expansion of public water service, and also helped construct the Holley Business Park.

In November, he was elected to another four-year term. His resignation comes too late in the election cycle for the usual petition process to become a candidate. The political parties in town can instead nominate a candidate to run this November to fill the remaining year of the term.

The parties have until July 23 to submit a certificate of nomination to the Orleans County Board of Elections. The Town Board is discussing if it should appoint someone to fill the remainder of the year as acting highway and water superintendent.

Morgan on Jan. 30 was recognized as the Public Works Leader of the Year by the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association

Morgan was first elected highway superintendent in 1990. In the past 30 years the town constructed nearly 300,000 linear feet of water main to serve the residents of the community.

The highway superintendent also oversees maintaining about 30 miles of roads throughout the town, along with total winter maintenance on 17 miles of county roads and 16 miles of State roads.

Morgan and the Town of Murray Highway Department staff completed the replacement of the Highway Department flat roof with a new truss roof, built a large storage building and expanded the Town Hall to accommodate the expanding court system with accessibility for town residents and operational staff.

The Highway Department also built a 1,200-ton salt storage building and installed a computerized fuel system to accommodate not only the Town’s needs, but also service two fire departments.

Morgan also has served as President of the Orleans County Highway Superintendents Association several times over the past 30 years.

He is the fourth long-time highway superintendent to retire in the county. Larry Swanger of Clarendon (30 years), Ron Mannella of Gaines (26 years) and Mike Fuller of Shelby (44 years as employee including 14 years as superintendent) ended their careers on Dec. 31.

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