Lake City employee honored for 25 years of service
Co-workers and family members were present for a luncheon honoring Richard Varner for 25 years of service to the City of Lake City.
Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan presented Varner with a plaque and a watch, along with his appreciation for his dedicated service.
Varner serves as street superintendent. He is always willing to help any of the workers if there is a need.
"We all work together," Varner said. "We have worked together in the good times and the bad times and we all get through it."
Varner has served the city in different phases of responsibility. He started his career with the city as a recorder. He went on to serve 14 years as an alderman. Mayor Bowman hired him as street superintendent in 1991, a position he has held since.
He has worked with several mayors and seen a lot of changes since he started to work for the city. He said when he started they had a total of two trucks and three employees.
"Each mayor has continued to make improvements and we have modern equipment and a shop with tools we need."
"If one department needs help or has a project going, we are there to help get the job done," he said.
In addition to working for the city, Varner has been driving a bus for Riverside for over 25 years. He drives a morning route, parks the bus and and goes to his job with the city. For years he drove the bus to ball games throughout the area.
Several members of his family including his wife, Donna; daughters, Kelley and Keri; son-in-law, Kevin Moyer; grandson Griffin Varner; daughter-in-law Tanya Varner, and brother, John Varner attended the luncheon. His son, Keven Varner, was unable to attend.
City Clerk Linda Simpson said Lake City is fortunate to have dedicated workers.
"Most of our workers have years of experience," she said. "We appreciate all of them."
Several of the city employees have been with the city for 15, 16, 19 and 20 years.
Varner thanked everyone for the plaque and gift and for sharing in the day.
He has no plans to retire in the near future. He still enjoys working for the citizens of Lake City.