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Otsego County highway superintendent

Prepared, Brimmer Immediately Gets On With The Job At Hand

Prepared, Brimmer

Immediately Gets On

With The Job At Hand

26-Year Veteran New County Roads Chief
His first day on the job, county Highway Superintendent Rich Brimmer, left, touches bases with Shop Supervisor Jason Hornbeck, Decatur, at right, and mechanic Shawn Neuschel, Richfield Springs, in the county Highway Garage on Linden Avenue, Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Brimmer pauses in front of a Peterburg plow truck, one of 16 acquired during the just-completed tenure of his predecessor, Bill Mason.

COOPERSTOWN – Rich Brimmer believes he’s part of a success story, and as the newly appointed Otsego County highway superintendent, he intends to extend it.

Selected yesterday by the county Board of Representatives, he was at the superintendent’s desk this morning, as he’s been as deputy superintendent since Bill Mason – “a great mentor” – retired last November after three years on the job.

Rich Brimmer PromotedTo County Highway Chief

Rich Brimmer Promoted

To County Highway Chief

COOPERSTOWN – Rich Brimmer, deputy superintendent of the Otsego County Highway Department, was promoted today to succeed retiring Highway Superintendent Bill Mason.

Brimmer, who lives in Burlington Flats, has served as Mason’s deputy since 2017, and is a longtime member of the 50-person department.  He served as construction supervisor before being promoted to deputy.

The county Board of Representatives approved his selection today after an executive session.

Leonard D. ‘Bud’ Perry, 71; Former County Highway Supt.

Leonard D. ‘Bud’ Perry, 71;

Former County Highway Supt.

Leonard “Bud” Perry

CHERRY VALLEY – Leonard D. “Bud” Perry, the former Otsego County highway superintendent and civic leader in this village, died Sunday, May 28, 2017, after a brief illness, surrounded by his family. He was 71.

He was born in Cooperstown on July 11, 1945, the son of Donald S. and Marjorie (Vogelien) Perry. He grew up on Montgomery Street and graduated from Cherry Valley Central School, Class of 1963.

Bud was a 20-year exempt member of the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief, as well as first assistant and second assistant chief. He was also a retired member of the ambulance squad.

He also served as mayor of the Village of Cherry Valley for four years.

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