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Council honors long-time workers on retirement

By Stephen Betts | Jan 13, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Retired code enforcement officer John Root was honored Monday, Jan. 13 by the Rockland City Council. He is pictured here shaking hands with Councilor Nate Davis.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council honored two longtime employees on their retirement, citing their dedication to the community.

Former Code Enforcement Officer John Root and retired wastewater treatment plant employee Robert Marr were given plaques and accolades during the City Council's Jan. 13 meeting.

Root has served in the code office since 1995, first as assistant code officer and then the lead code officer.

"It's like the Reny's ad, it's been a real Maine adventure," Root said.

He thanked the code office administrative assistants -- Dawn Overlock, Roxy LaFrance, and Ann Dorr -- who he worked with over the past 25 years.

Councilors praised Root with Councilor Ed Glaser saying the city could not have asked for a better representative.

Councilors also told stories of how Root helped them with their individual projects. Glaser said when his home needed repairs to be in compliance with code standards, Root came over to help with the work. Councilor Nate Davis said when he first came to Rockland and submitted an application to build his own shed, Root spent considerable time giving him construction advice.

"He has been extremely helpful, friendly and professional," Davis said.

Councilor Ben Dorr agreed, citing Root's assistance when he constructed his home and on business expansion.

"He has taken a job that can be contentious and done it with grace and kindness," Dorr said.

Councilor Valli Geiger said Root is the reason she is now on the council, saying when she came in to discuss a proposal for pocket neighborhoods, he suggested she join the comprehensive planning commission which she did.

40-year worker honored

Councilors also honored Marr on his retirement after 40 years.

Councilors noted the change that he has seen in his 40 years.

"He's a hidden hero. No one knows him but what he does is so necessary for the existence of the city," Wastewater Director Terry Pinto said.

Pinto said Marr has been a loyal and dedicated worker and friend.

Before joining the city employment, Marr was a veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Peter Root | Jan 15, 2020 07:58

I almost forgot. Thank you also Mr Marr for your service to our communittee. Enjoy your retirement. Well deserved.



Posted by: Peter Root | Jan 15, 2020 07:58

I almost forgot. Thank you also Mr Marr for your service to our communittee. Enjoy your retirement. Well deserved.



Posted by: Peter Root | Jan 15, 2020 07:54

So proud to call this man my brother. John you have done the city of Rockland very well. Your family and friends are very proud of you and thank you for your great service to our communitee

 



Posted by: Ananur Forma | Jan 14, 2020 01:24

Great meeting. Council members are sincere in their congratulations. Glad to be there tonight.



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