LAKE GEORGE — Rob Lanfear, the town’s new superintendent of highways, is quite familiar with the position.
His father, Bob Lanfear, held the position for the town for about 22 years, retiring in the late 1980s.
“As a kid, I used to ride my bicycle around the parking lot,” he said.
Rob Lanfear has been in the excavation industry for the last 20-plus years and has owned his own business for about 10 years. He said he was approached last year by town officials when Dan Davis was preparing to retire, which took effect at the end of April. Lanfear jumped at the opportunity.
“It’s kind of a neat deal to get in behind my father years later,” he said. “I’m also excited after working for myself for the last 10 years. That wore on me. This feels right.”
Lanfear said he is not planning to make any major changes. The staff is good.
He also works closely with the village Building and Grounds Department, where his brother Keith is the foreman and planning to become the superintendent.
Rob Lanfear said he plans to purchase a new loader to replace the 16-year piece of equipment at the transfer station. He is also working with a project pushed by Town Board member Marisa Muratori to start a free store in a shed at the highway garage for donated goods.
Lanfear said he has been busy cleaning out “random stuff that’s been in the garage probably since my father was there.”
The Town Board on Thursday voted to hire him at an initial salary of $59,000 and gave him a six-month probationary period.
“We’re glad to have you aboard and think you’re going to do a great job for us,” said Deputy Supervisor Vincent Crocitto. “I like what I’ve seen so far. The guys seem to be receptive to having you there.”