The City of Cherokee will host a reception on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 17, at City Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to recognize five Cherokee City employees who have each provided 35 years of service to the citizens of Cherokee.
According to City Administrator Don Eikmeier, "1976 was a landmark hiring year for the City of Cherokee." Jim Agnitsch, Steve Casey, Steve Essick , Mark Napier, and Deb Taylor all began their employment with the City in 1976.
Four of the five assumed managerial positions with the City during their tenure: Deb Taylor as Clerk/Treasurer, Mark Napier as Water Superintendent, Steve Casey as Wastewater Superintendent, and Jim Agnitsch as Street Superintendent. The fifth employee, Steve Essick, has proven to be one of the City's most versatile employees over the years, having worked in the Street, Water and Wastewater Departments during his tenure.
Mayor Mark Murphy said: "In this day and age, it is rare for an employer to have one 35-year employee -- much less five, all hired within the same 12-month time period. Their ability to work their way up through the ranks to serve Cherokee in leadership positions speaks very highly of the quality of service provided. I am very proud to be able to work with each of these individuals."
Citizens are encouraged to stop by for refreshments Nov. 17 and to thank each of these employees for their years of service.