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Scott Thornhill picked as Ogdensburg Public Works director


Scott A. Thornhill will take over as director of the Ogdensburg Department of Public Works on May 19, replacing Kit W. Smith who retired in January.

Mr. Thornhill currently works as the recycling coordinator and operations manager at the St. Lawrence County Solid Waste Department.

“He is the ideal candidate because he has a civil engineering degree from Clarkson University, he’s got years of experience in road work, construction, water and sewer and landfills,” Ogdensburg City Manager John M. Pinkerton said Wednesday.

Mr. Thornhill will be officially introduced at Monday’s City Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

“I think it will be an excellent match,” Mr. Pinkerton said.

Specifics about the job, including salary, will be released in the coming days, Mr. Pinkerton said.

The position was advertised with a salary range from $57,677 to $77,518 per year.

Mr. Pinkerton said during the hiring process city officials were particularly looking for someone “that had a civil engineering degree with a background in public works, and we also wanted someone with strong supervisory skills.”

Mr. Thornhill currently lives in Heuvelton and will relocate to the city under the terms of his employment.

Since Mr. Smith retired, DPW Supervisor Gregg E. Harland has served as interim director at a monthly stipend of $750.

“I think that the crews have worked really well with Gregg,” Mr. Pinkerton said. “I’m very proud of all that they’ve done.”

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