By Anne Hayden
GUILDERLAND — After 17 years with the village of Altamont, Timothy McIntyre has transferred his skills to the town of Guilderland, as the new superintendent of water and wastewater management.
At age 49, he said he expects to be working in that job until his retirement.
McIntyre began working for the village as a machine and equipment operator, and then got his water and wastewater license. In 2001, he became the superintendent of public works in Altamont.
In that capacity, he oversaw the roads, the water and sewer systems, and was involved in parks and recreation.
“My favorite part of the job in the village was the interaction with the people,” said McIntyre. “They always knew I was there, that I was available, and that I was approachable.”
The decision to apply for a job with the town of Guilderland was “bittersweet,” McIntyre said.
“I always assumed I would be retiring from the village,” he said. “But I also always knew that, if the superintendent job became available in Guilderland, I would apply.”
He wants to work for Guilderland because he thinks it will be more of a challenge.
“I’m going from one square mile to 60 or so square miles, and from six or seven guys to 25 guys,” he said. “There will be a big adjustment period.”
Acting as the superintendent of water and wastewater management in Guilderland will differ from acting as the superintendent of public works in Altamont because it will be more departmental and administrative, and less hands-on.
“In Altamont, I was more of a heavy equipment, in-the-ditch kind of guy,” said McIntyre.
He began last month, and said he has already made sure that everyone in the water and wastewater department knows he is approachable, and that most of them have been there so long, they are a “cohesive unit.”
Guilderland has big projects already in the works, including developments, said McIntyre, although things are always a bit more slow in the winter.
William West, who retired as water and wastewater management superintendent last month, after three decades, offered to act as a consultant on an as-needed basis.
McIntyre said West provided him with guidance during his first week on the job, and will continue to help out with projects that are already in the pipeline.
“I want the people in the village to know they are in great hands here, even after I’ve gone,” said McIntyre., of Altamont. “People shouldn’t have any problems.
He said he wanted to thank the village trustees and Mayor James Gaughan for all the opportunities and support they provided him with over the years.
“If I have the same caliber of people in Guilderland that I had in Altamont, this will be a great experience,” McIntyre said.