Congratulations to our new Retirees!

Sheila Williams          Russell Fish
          Sheila Williams                                        Rusty Fish

Congratulations to Sheila Williams, who retired from the Keene Public Library a second time.  Originally leaving full-time employment as Audio-Visual Librarian in June 2019, she returned a month later to carry out a similar function on a part-time basis.  Keeping abreast of trends and changes in audiovisual collecting and the related technology in public libraries, she carefully cultivated the audio and visual media collection and made that area of the Library as welcoming as possible.  In addition, she used her skills as a teacher and an artist to lead workshops and programs in areas such as bookbinding, illustration, creating artist books, and journaling.

Congratulations to Bob Paddock, who retired a second time at the end of August with almost 31 years of service to the City of Keene.  First hired in 1989, Paddock has fulfilled a variety of staffing needs at the Public Works Department in both the Highway and Solid Waste Divisions.  He compiled an outstanding work record in the positions of Maintenance Aide I, Motor Equipment Operator I, Recycler I, and Recycler I/Attendant.  Originally retiring in 2006, he returned almost immediately to work on a part-time basis.

Congratulations to Russell Fish, who retired from the Public Works Department’s Highway Division.  He strove to carry out his customers’ needs in the manner he felt taxpayers expected and let his work speak for itself.  During his tenure, he was promoted to Motor Equipment Operator I and demonstrated his commitment to the field of local road management by earning certification as a Roads Scholar One at the University of New Hampshire’s Technology Transfer Center program.  Fish was an asset to the Sign Division, assisting with maintenance, repair, and installation of signs around the city in compliance with the laws relating to uniform signage.  He also was part of a group “going above and beyond” that earned an Employee Achievement Award in 2014.

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