Chateaugay Record, April 7, 1977
William Petty Announces Retirement
Commissioner of Environmental Conservation Peter A.A. Berle announced the retirement, effective April 1, of William E. Petty, Regional Director of the Department's Region 5.
"Bill Petty has served a remarkable career in service to the people of New York State. In his 54 years with the Department. Bill has become a legend for his unswerving dedication to wilderness areas of the Adirondacks," Commissioner Berle said.
Bill Petty joined the then Conservation Department in 1945 as a District Forest Ranger. He already had his B.S. in Forestry from Cornell and had served 10 years with the U.S. Forest Service. His career with the Department flourished and he progressed through increasingly responsible forestry positions.
In 1971, he was appointed Regional Director. For the past six years he has headed up Departmental operations in the eight-county Eastern Adirondack region. These are Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.
Commissioner Berle presented Director Petty with a Department award for his outstanding service. The Commissioner also presented him with a letter of congratulations from Governor Hugh L. Carey. That letter stated, in part:
"You have dedicated your life to management and wise use of one of New York's greatest natural assets—the Adirondacks. The heritage that you leave behind will permit present and future generations to enjoy the wilderness experiences that you appreciated from your childhood and throughout your life."
Bill and his wife, Ruth, will vacation in Florida before returning to their home