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Dave Shields named new Town of Alma Highway Superintendent

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Former town councilman replaces Daniel Ford who resigned in early March 2022

Michael T. Baldwin reports

The Town of Alma has a new Highway Superintendent – at least for the rest of the year.

The Alma Town Board held what the Clerk called an “emergency” meeting Tuesday night to fill the vacant post for the remainder of 2022. The Board appointed Dave Shields to the job. Shields is a former town board member who resigned during a town meeting.

He replaces Dan Ford who resigned last month after a long feud with town officials involving at least once lawsuit.

There were others candidates who sought the post but, in the end, the Board, guided by Supervisor Steve Dickerson, selected Shields.

Alma has been in the spotlight for the last several years for controversy after controversy…and lawsuit after lawsuit. In one meeting, the former town supervisor was arrested by state police for a confrontation with a citizen. The Allegany County Sherif’s Office was often asked to provide security at board meetings.

It’s fair to note the population of Alma was 837 in 2018. Over the last few years, town board meetings in Alma have been filled with shouting and angry citizens. Social media posts also fueled controversy and unruly meetings. 

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