John Biruk appointed Middletown highway chief

John Biruk of Halcottsville was appointed Middletown superintendent of highways by the town board at its June meeting. Biruk succeeds Bill Russell, who retired May 21 after nearly 19 years as superintendent of highways.
Biruk has served as deputy highway superintendent since June 2000. He has managed the highway crew’s summer road reconstruction and maintenance program for the past two years. He also oversaw the winter road maintenance program last winter under Russell’s tutelage.
The new Middletown highway chief recently attended highway school in Ithaca, which is sponsored yearly by the Cornell Local Roads Program. He began working at the Middletown Highway Department in 1994. Prior to taking a position with the highway department, Biruk had 10 years’ experience in the road construction industry.
A native of the Halcottsville area, Biruk still resides there today with his wife, Sheila, and son, Justen.