George Woodson, Highway Superintendent
1177 Osborn Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-3200 Ext. 228
George Woodson, 51, was born and raised in the Town of Riverhead. After graduating from high school in 1979 he enlisted in the United States Army where, for four years he served as a Police Traffic Accident Investigator. After his enlistment he returned home and was hired as a laborer at the Riverhead Highway Dept. Over the next 20 years he rose through the ranks from laborer to crew leader. In 2006 he made the decision to run for the office of Highway Superintendent. Although his bid for Highway Superintendent was unsuccessful he lost by only fifty votes. Not a man to give up he ran for Highway Superintendent again in 2008 and won.
Mr. Woodson feels that his 20 years of experience working in the Highway Department has helped him make many improvements as Highway Superintendent.
- He has updated and computerized the sign making department
- Purchased good used equipment saving the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars
- Completed the constructions of two (2) new salt barns
- Upgraded the radio communication system
- Reorganized the snowplowing routes for faster, more efficient removal of ice and snow
- Continues to sponsor an annual scholarship to a Riverhead High School student through the Suffolk County Highway Superintendent’s Association
- Attends conventions and classes to keep up with the newest techniques and ideas for more efficient ways of maintaining the town infrastructure
- And although the department’s employees are down almost 30% (from 47 employees to 34) they continue to provide the excellent service that the taxpayers have come to expect
Mr. Woodson has been a member of the Riverhead Fire Department for over twenty five years, six years as Chief and he currently holds the position of 1st Vice President of the Riverhead Town Fire Chief’s Association.
He is also 1st Vice President of the Suffolk County Highway Superintendent’s Association. Mr. Woodson is also a member of the Masonic Lodge #91.
In 2010 he had the honor of being chosen the Man of the Year and in 2011 he was named the Public Servant of the Year.
Mr. Woodson is a hard worker, putting in long hours, and he is not afraid to tackle any project or problem brought to him. He is constantly trying to implement more effective departmental procedures and to keep the roads safe for all that travel through the Town of Riverhead.