"I've loved it," Swanson said of his job of highway superintendent when he spoke to The Buffalo News last month about his planned retirement. "I only wish I had done it when I was younger."

Swanson, 60, went on medical leave on Dec. 30 when he suffered a heart attack in the Erie County Courthouse, while attending the swearing-in ceremony of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. Swanson returned to his job briefly and officially retired on Monday.

"I'm going to miss everybody, there's no doubt about it," Swanson told The News.