Congratulations to Bill Byrne, who retired from the City of Keene in July after 30 years of service. He has served the community as the Highway Superintendent, in the Public Works Department, since 2007. Some of the other accomplishments during his tenure include using his Master Gardener knowledge to design a landscape program to beautify downtown Keene with perennial beds and many trees to enhance the built environment, assisting to develop the Citywide snow and ice control operation plan, improving the leaf collection program’s efficiency for both residents and employees, categorizing all division activities so they could be tracked, and assisting temporarily to oversee Water and Sewer Division operations.
Eric Swope also retires in July after almost 21 years of service. He served as the City’s Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator in the Public Works Department. In addition to overseeing the EPA-required Industrial Pretreatment Program, Eric juggled many projects, including being the driving force for the Beaver Brook Watershed Restoration Grant, annual Ashuelot River and Beaver Brook cleanup events, Green Up Keene, Trout-in-the Classroom Programs, Fourth-Grade Water Science Fairs, rain garden education workshops and installations, the Watershed Education Program, updates to the City’s Sewer Use Code, and other water quality education and habitat protection events for which he partnered with multiple community organizations, schools, and the general public; and
We wish them both a happy retirement and thank them for their dedicated service to the City of Keene.