Durham board chooses first road commissioner

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DURHAM — Jason Turcotte, a fourth-generation Durham native and longtime resident, was chosen by selectmen Friday afternoon to be the town’s first-ever appointed road commissioner. The position was changed from elected to appointed at a special town meeting in December.

Turcotte edged out eight other applicants for the position. His beginning salary was set at $28,000. After a three-month probationary period and review, the salary is scheduled to increase to $29,500, Administrative Assistant Warren Hatch said.

Turcotte, 40, lives with his wife and child on Brickyard Hill Road. He has extensive experience in construction, is vice president of Tupper Construction and vice president of A Plus Septic Service. Turcotte has 24 years of experience operating and maintaining heavy equipment, supervision and experience in building; also dealing with contractors, estimating projects, working with the public and long-range planning, Hatch said, adding, “and yes, he can operate a hand shovel, too.”

Turcotte’s duties as road commissioner will be to oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all town roads.

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