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Riggins to retire from Public Works

November 27, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Dysart Public Works Superintendent will retire from his position officially on Friday, Nov. 30 after 15 years with the City of Dysart and was recognized during his final City Council meeting in his capacity last week.

"It was something different every day and I enjoyed that," Riggins said. "You don't have monotonous stuff going on all the time. Every city has their street issues and I wanted to do what I could."

Riggins applied for the position when it opened in 2003. Originally working in independence and commuting every work day, the Dysart resident took advantage of a chance to work where he lived.

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"I decided I didn't like driving that far every day, so this position became available and I applied for it," Riggins said. "I was second in line, but the first guy decided to take it and they came to me for the job. I was in maintenance and manufacturing, so I've been handy and decided this job would be right for me."

Over the years, Riggins has overseen street, water, sewer, and electric operations in town as well a seasonal work,maintaining the tree dump, trimming trees to provide safe travel on streets and uninterrupted electrical service, and perform repairs and duties as requested on work orders for residents. This year, however, Riggins decided it was time to retire.

"I turned 65 in September and my body is telling me to take a break," Riggins said. "I have my own building full of wood I've brought back over the past 15 years. They'll be part of woodworking projects I plan to do. I take old wood and turn them in cupboards, wine holders and just all kinds of knick-knacks. I have some jobs in my own house to do, and possibly travel someday."

While Riggins admits most days are better than others, he retires feeling accomplished about the work he and Public Works have done over the years. Shawn Fisher will take over as Superintendent of Public Work upon Riggins' retirement.

"I'll miss some of the people I've worked with over the years, but also just being out all the time," Riggins said. "Shawn will do a good job. We haven't had a lot of time to work on computer stuff, but the last few days I'll be cramming everything I can teach him."

Members of the City Council thanked Riggins for his service to Dysart during the November 14 meeting as he gave his final report as Superintendent.

"Orlin has done great service for Dysart over the last 15 years," Thiele said. "He slept on a ratty old couch because they're was a snow storm coming and he wanted to be ready. We appreciate all his hard work for the betterment of Dysart and wish him well in his retirement."



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