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County retirements celebrated

Steven Friederich | The Vidette County Commissioner Frank Gordon, from left, stands with retired Public Works employees Charlie Marr, Fred Becker and County Commissioner Wes Cormier.Buy Photo
Steven Friederich | The Vidette County Commissioner Frank Gordon, from left, stands with retired Public Works employees Charlie Marr, Fred Becker and County Commissioner Wes Cormier.

MONTESANO — The Grays Harbor County commissioners celebrated the retirements of Public Works employees Charlie Marr and Fred Becker on Monday.

Interesting enough, they both started on the same day back in 1978 and decided to retire at the same time.

“With over 35 years of service between the two, in my mind that’s over 70 years of service we’re losing,” Public Services Director Kevin Varness said. “And we’re not going to be able to replace that.”

Varness noted that Marr has been involved in infrastructure improvements at the county since he was first hired, working on replacing buildings and overseeing fixes when needed.

“Whenever we did a project with a block grant, there’s a lot of paperwork involved and we can fill a file drawer full of the paperwork and usually that was Charlie’s job,” Varness said.

County Engineer Russ Esses noted that Becker’s job has been to help facilitate the county’s road system, including finding better ways to build bridges. Esses noted that Becker helped oversee bridges that should have more than 100 years of life to them using innovative thinking and better technologies.

“We sure will miss him,” Esses said.