WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington Board of Selectmen Meeting, town officials recognized retiring Tree Foreman Scott Smith for his 43 years of service to the community.
Town Manager Jeff Hull began by extending his sincere thanks to Scott and his family.
“I didn’t realize that Scott started out in the Public Buildings Department back in September 1980,” began Hull. “He was hired as a Custodian. Scott then transferred to Highway Department. He became an Equipment Operator in 1987. He was promoted to Head Groundmen in 2001. Scott was then named Acting Tree Foreman and served as the Town’s Tree Foreman from 2002 until present. Trees were the love of his life aside from his wife.”
“I always appreciated Scott’s work ethic,” added Hull. “He and his crew did some really difficult work. I don’t pretend to know how to cut a tree — it’s dangerous, physical work. I remember in March of 2018 when we had a stretch of tough weather. A Nor’easter took a lot of trees down. We had 320 calls for limbs and branches over the course of a week. Scott and his crew were out non-stop doing yeoman’s work. Some communities spent thousands of dollars that work Scott and his crew were doing in house.”
DPW Operators Manager and Tree Warden Jamie Magaldi offered similar praise.
“I learned a lot from Scott… He really is an ideal employee as far as commitment… The other guys look up to him,” said Magaldi. “When a resident talks to their family member who lives in another nearby town and you tell them Wilmington didn’t get hit by the storm that bad, Wilmington actually did, but it’s just that Scott and his crew were out there the night before taking care of things.”
Magaldi noted that Smith actually served the town in its former Sedar Program (apprenticeship program) from 1978 to 1980, so his total service to the town is 43 years, not 41 as had been noted elsewhere.
“It really is amazing,” said Magaldi. “I’m not even 43 years old, and Scott worked for this town longer than I’ve been alive.”
DPW Director Mike Woods said his department will greatly miss Smith.
“Since the first day I met him, Scott is always the first one out the door when there’s a tree issue,” said Woods. “The town is going to lose a great foreman and a great person. I wish him and his family well.”
After receiving a standing ovation from the room, Smith received a plaque from Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton, on behalf of the town, in honor of his 43 years of distinguished service to Wilmington.
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