For 25 years, Dave Sammons has played an important role in the work the city does. His dedication and years with the city were recognized Friday afternoon at his retirement ceremony.
Sammons began with the Public Works Department in April 1988.
Brad Meyer, assistant public works director, said on the first status report following Sammons' hiring it said he started at $5.95, but then it was changed to $5.67.
Meyer also had on hand an accident report from one of two lawnmower incidents.
Meyer said the accident story is one they will always tell.
Sammons was mowing a lot on Eighth Street.
"Apparently the grass was so tall he missed seeing a guide wire," Meyer said.
He ended up hanging the mower from that pole.
Then a week later he did the same thing at another location.
"Dave's had some interesting experiences with telephone poles and guide wires," Meyer said.
"Dave has done just about everything," he continued, listing some of the duties he has had over the years.
"He literally has done everything from milling to slurry to throwing trash in a dump truck," said Jason Hughey, street superintendent.
"There's pretty much nothing Dave wouldn't do for us or hasn't done for us," Meyer added.
Most recently Sammons has worked on streets.
Meyer said a few years ago he and Hughey were talking about how to improve the crack seal work. The first person they thought of to do the work was Sammons.
"Dave was the guy to do that," Hughey said.
"In a short amount of time Dave has covered almost the whole town," Meyer said. "This is one of the biggest things that stick out in my mind – Dave rubber-sealed the entire town."
Sammons also has been instrumental in a lot of the Christmas decorations.
For his retirement, Sammons requested a laptop so he could keep up with what his kids do. It was inscribed: "Thank you for 25 years of dedicated service to the citizens of El Dorado."