Longtime City of Clinton employee James Marshall, who spent countless hours over the past three decades repairing and maintaining city cars and equipment, was honored Tuesday upon his recent retirement.
Marshall started out his career in Jan. 24, 1989 as a mechanic in the city garage, retiring June 29, 2018, still as a mechanic servicing vehicles and equipment and doing everything from small engine fixes to large, complex repairs.
“James was dedicated not only to the city, but also to his craft of being a mechanic,” said Chris Medlin, distribution and collection system manager with the Public Works and Utilities Department. “James was not only an excellent worker, but he is a great man. He is a man who is dedicated to his faith in the Lord and lives his life according to his faith daily. It was an honor to work with James and he will truly be missed.”
At the top of Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Medlin asked that the rest of the city join with the Public Works and Utilities Department in wishing Marshall the best in retirement. Clinton Mayor Lew Starling presented Marshall with a gift, calling him the “hardest working man in the world.”
“He has done an excellent job for us and saved the town a lot of money,” Starling said. “We thank you for all that you have done.”
Marshall thanked the Lord for guiding him through the last 30 years while also expressed his gratitude to the city.
“I want to thank this great organization, the City of Clinton,” he remarked. “They have allowed me to build a home and pay for a home, to put my children through school and to have a nest egg to retire. I thank you, City of Clinton.”
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