Saranac Lake code officer returns to Jay

SARANAC LAKE – After three years on the job, Tom Worthington will step down as village code enforcement officer, effective Sept. 20.

Worthington told the Enterprise this morning that he’s leaving to take a full-time code enforcement position in Jay, his hometown. Worthington worked as part-time code enforcement officer there before he came to Saranac Lake in July 2010. He continued to live in Jay and commuted the 28 miles each way to and from Saranac Lake.

“It was a tough choice in that everyone here’s been great to work with,” Worthington said, “but I’ve also worked with the people in the town of Jay, and they’re really great. It’s my hometown, and I kind of want to go back there.”

Worthington said it’s been challenging being Saranac Lake’s lone code enforcement officer.

“There’s more than enough work for more than one person,” he said.

Asked what code issues in the village will need the most attention going forward, Worthington named regular inspection of apartment houses and other rentals, along with regular business and place of assembly inspections.

The village Board of Trustees accepted Worthington’s resignation at its meeting Monday night.

“As the mayor, I’ve never had a complaint about Tom, only good words,” said village Mayor Clyde Rabideau, who also owns a construction company. “And as a builder in town, Tom was professional in every sense of the word and very thorough.’

“I thought Tom was a great asset to our staff and community,” added Trustee Allie Pelletieri.

The village board gave village Manager John Sweeney approval to begin the hiring process for a new code enforcement officer.