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PARISHVILLE - Between holding the title of code enforcement officer and supervisor for the town of Parishville, Jerry G. Moore has served the municipality for more than a decade.

But the three-term town supervisor’s public service to the town officially ends today. His letter of resignation was made public at this week’s town board meeting.

Mr. Moore recently received an administrative promotion with the Loomis Fargo Armored Car agency in Syracuse, which will require him to work out of Onondoga County a few days per week.

“I got a good deal with the company I work for and I had to take it,” Mr. Moore said. “I’m still going to manage the Massena branch and be splitting my time between Massena and Syracuse.”

Mr. Moore was re-elected to his third term as supervisor in November after serving as the town’s code enforcement officer for five years. He was also the CEO in nearby Pierrepont for three years.

The town board will be holding a special meeting at 10 a.m. Monday to appoint a replacement for Mr. Moore.

“I recommended that they make Shirley Robinson the new town supervisor. She was deputy supervisor for eight years and ran meetings when I wasn’t there. She knows the town from front to back,” he said.

“She is really, really an intelligent woman. I hope they’re smart enough to make her supervisor. I have all the confidence in the world in Shirley Robinson.”

Ms. Robinson ran Tuesday morning’s regular board meeting and informed the public of her colleague’s decision.

“He was offered a big promotion at his job with Loomis, and it is a very good administrative position, but he has to work in Syracuse three to four days a week and then come back to Massena. He just couldn’t (remain supervisor.) He didn’t have the time to do it, so he put in his resignation,” Ms. Robinson said.

“A couple of weeks ago he told me that he had been offered (the position,) but he hadn’t made up his mind on whether he was going to take it or not. So I just found out about it and the rest of (the board) found out yesterday in their mailboxes.”

Councilpersons Kari E. Tremper and Conrad Cook have both worked with Mr. Moore for his eight-year run and were mildly surprised by his resignation but very appreciative of what the West Parishville native has brought to the town.

“We kind of knew it was coming some time down the way,” Ms. Tremper said. “It is kind of sad. I’ve been working with him for eight years. I think he is very community minded and community oriented. I think he has done a good job getting us where we are today. It’s been good working with him and he is a very good guy.”

“This one caught me by the blind side. He was a great guy,” Mr. Cook added. “He was a great man and loved Parishville and apparently got a really good offer with the business he is working with.”

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Moore puts the construction of a new town barn and the subsequent approval of the old town barn’s condemnation at the top of his list. He also notes the importance of a smoking ban implemented at the town beach.

According to the minutes of a December 2006 board meeting, the board renewed a no smoking policy at the request of Sue Britton from the St. Lawrence County Tobacco Free Coalition.

“We’ve done a lot together including the town barn, instituting no smoking on the beach, etc.,” Mr. Moore said. “I made a tough choice. It wasn’t easy, and I’ve been (here) for a long time. If your heart’s not completely in it, you shouldn’t stay with it.

“I am very proud to have been the supervisor of Parishville. There were a lot of problems that we worked through and it was a lot of fun too.”

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