Wilton Public Works Director Tom Thurkettle was originally scheduled to retire as of Sept. 1, but there has been a delay. \u201cHe pushed his retirement out by two weeks due to vacation schedules within the department,\u201d said First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice.. The opening for the job has just recently been posted, she said. There is no indication of when Thurkettle can be replaced. \u201cAt this point I cannot speculate on the time frame of the search as it is dependent on the quality and the quantity of applicants,\u201d Vanderslice said. Thurkettle manages a staff of 22 workers and is responsible for 323 town roads, covering 127 miles, with 770 acres of town right-of-way, not counting town buildings, parking lots and grounds. The people mean a lot to him \u201cI\u2019ll miss the people,\u201d said Thurkettle, who is 73, who came to Wilton nearly 37 years ago. \u201cI\u2019ve been here more than half my life,\u201d he said, explaining how he knew it was time to retire. In his time, he has watched the town grow from a much smaller community, and in particular, has overseen the construction of municipal buildings, parking lots and sports fields. His great achievement, he said, is his ability to save the town money, usually by performing work in-house rather than contracting it out. \u201cWe\u2019ve got great people. Everybody works as a team,\u201d he said. He plans to spend his retirement doing what he loves to do, boating on Long Island Sound in his powerboat with his wife Carol, an administrative worker at Wilton High School.