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Commissioner of Highways / Superintendent of Highways

In the early nineteenth century the responsibility for providing adequate town roads and ensuring their maintenance was entrusted to three town Highway Commissioners who were elected at the annual town meeting. These officials were empowered to divide the area of the town into several separate road districts under the provisions of “An Act to Regulate Highways” passed in 1813. Each of these districts was to have an “Overseer” appointed by the commissioners who was charged with seeing that all roads within the district were repaired and that all residents assessed for highway labor carried out that work. Commissioners of Highways were also responsible for laying out all new roads and making any alterations to existing roads.

In 1867 and again in 1871 the Town Board of Amherst voted to reduce the number of Highway Commissioners from three to one, citing cost savings. The new position remained elective but the term of office was extended from one year to three. In 1906 the use of district Overseers of Highways was abandoned after the labor system of taxation was replaced by a monetary assessment, and in 1908 the Highway Commissioner became Superintendent of Highways with a term of two years.

The modern Highway Department of the Town of Amherst, which operates under the Superintendent of Highways, is one of the largest of local government. The department is responsible for building and maintaining all town highways and streets, providing snow removal and clearance of any other obstructions, maintaining and clearing storm sewers and drainage ditches, removing diseased or damaged trees from town properties, and erecting and servicing local traffic signals and signs.

The listing below represents Town of Amherst Commissionner of Highways / Superintendent of Highways dating from 1819 to present. The listings were provided by the Amherst Town Clerk's Office. Any errors or ommissions should be reported to David J. Willer in the Office of Information Technology.

Start End Name
2016 2018 Patrick G. Lucey
2014 2015 Joe Speth
2005 2014 Robert Anderson
1996 2004 Thomas J. Wik
1974 1995 Patrick G. Lucey
1960 1973 George L. Austin
1934 1959 F. Theodore Jenzen
1928 1933 Albert J. Michael
1926 1927 Joseph N. Slater
1924 1925 Albert J. Michael
1921 1923
1917 1920 Edward C. Bucher
1913 1916
1912 1912 George Heim
1910 1911
1909 1909 George Heim
1908 1909 John Hausauer
1906 1907 Christian Wehrung
1906 1906 Philip Klingenschmitt
1905 1905 John Duethorn
1899 1904
1898 1898 John C. Keur
1898 1898 Henry H. Wolf
1897 1897 Adam Wendling
1886 1896
1885 1885 John Kraus
1885 1885 Alexander Gotwalt
1885 1885 Joseph Laraway
1885 1885 Jacob Wurtenberger
1882 1884
1880 1881 George J. Wolf
1878 1879 Adam Wendling
1877 1877 John Dauman
1876 1876 Damian Schweitzer
1874 1875 Jacob Hartel
1873 1873 John Schoelles
1872 1872
1870 1871 Anthony Deigler
1870 1871 Abram Schenck
1870 1870 Martin Hubler
1869 1869 Christian Dusing
1867 1868 John Daniels, Jr.
1865 1866 John Hoover
1865 1866 Calvin A. Bush
1864 1866 Frederick S. Wendell
1864 1864 T. A. Hopkins
1863 1864 Charles Buda
1862 1863 S. Bellinger
1860 1862 Michael Snyder
1859 1861 Andrew Gross
1858 1863 Jacob Wolf
1857 1859 Jacob Hartel
1856 1858 Frederic Swingil
1856 1858 Michael Snyder
1856 1856 Philip Wendel
1853 1855
1852 1852 A. Rinewalt
1851 1852 George Kibler
1850 1852 John Frick
1849 1852 S. L. Bestow
1848 1848 H. Herr
1847 1847 J. S. Tefft
1846 1847 Peter Grove
1846 1846 George Kibler
1845 1846 C. Frick
1844 1847 J. B. Youngs
1844 1844 George Kibler
1843 1844 D. Snearly
1843 1843 John W. Miller
1842 1850 A. Rinewalt
1842 1843 H. E. Allen
1842 1842 Christian Kibler
1841 1841 John Schenck
1841 1841 Jacob Wiser
1839 1841 Job Bestow
1839 1840 Barton Seamans
1838 1838 James Warner
1837 1838 Joseph Getz
1836 1841 William Horner
1836 1837 Alexander Hitchcock
1836 1837 Job Bestow
1835 1836 John C. Miles
1835 1835 Benjamin Hershey
1834 1836 James S. Youngs
1834 1834 Job Bestow
1834 1834 Nathaniel Bennett
1833 1833 Christian Frick
1833 1833 John Herr
1833 1833 John Reid
1832 1833 Thomas Williams
1832 1833 Jesse Vaughan
1831 1833 Christian Vinecke
1831 1831 John Reid
1830 1830 Nathan Laseur
1830 1830 Joseph Getz
1829 1830 Thomas Borlen, Jr.
1828 1831 James Warner
1828 1828 Nathan Leseur
1827 1828 Emanuel Herr
1827 1827 Alexander Hitchcock
1826 1829 Christian Vinecke
1826 1826 Eli Bush
1825 1826 Amon Tifft
1825 1825 T. S. Hopkins
1824 1824 David Vantine
1824 1824 Eli Bush
1824 1824 Zenus Smith
1823 1824 Samuel Laseur
1823 1823 Christian Frick
1822 1822 John Hitchcock
1821 1825 George Shuman
1820 1821 Frederick Ayers
1820 1820 Jason Hatch
1819 1823 Abraham Long
1819 1819 Alexander Hitchcock
1819 1819 Abraham Miller

 

 

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