The Fort Scott City Commissioners recognized certain city leaders and employees for their years of service during their meeting Tuesday evening.
“I think it’s really nice to be able to recognize our employees,” Mayor Cindy Bartelsmeyer said to those they honored. “We appreciate the service of all of you.”
Ten employees were awarded a certificate and a gift for their years with the city in their respective departments, ranging from five to 40 years.
Cpl. Caleb Bell and Det. Jason Eastwood of the Fort Scott Police Department, City Manager Dave Martin and codes technician Alpha Money have served the city for five years. Tom Embry of water distribution was recognized for 10 years of service and Rick Hurd of water collections for 20 years. Fire Chief Paul Ballou and Capt. Dale Bollinger of the Fort Scott Fire Department have each been with the city for 25 years while Lynn Plain of the wastewater treatment plant has served for 30 years.
Finally, City Attorney Bob Farmer was honored for 40 years of service with the city.
“It’s been my pleasure, it really has,” Farmer said. “I’ve enjoyed every, almost every, minute of it. It’s a pleasure to serve people like you.”
“He’s one of the top five city attorneys in the state of Kansas,” city commissioner Sam Mason said.
Public Utilities Director Richard Cook also took the meeting as an opportunity to announce his retirement after 34 years with the city, effective on Sept. 25. The city will hold a reception in Cook’s honor that same afternoon.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 34 years here,” Cook said. “But now’s the time for me to move on.”
City Manager Dave Martin said when he first took on his own position with the city, he recognized that Cook had the skill and experience to be director of his department.
“It’s been a real pleasure working with Richard,” Martin said.
The commissioners unanimously approved lowering the speed limit on National Street from 30 mph to 20 mph during the period of construction south of 6th Street, upon the recommendation of Police Chief Travis Shelton.