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City of Richland Opens Late to Recognize City Workers

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Ruben Rojas is among 93 Richland employees recognized for their years on the job. Rojas, the city arborist, has been an employee for 35 years. Ruben Rojas is among 93 Richland employees recognized for their years on the job. Rojas, the city arborist, has been an employee for 35 years.

RICHLAND, WA – Nearly 100 city workers need to dust off the mantel or find a spot on the wall for a new award from their boss.

The city of Richland Friday handed out service awards to employees at its annual Appreciation Breakfast. The city recognized workers for five, ten, twenty years of service and more.

Ruben Rojas, the city arborist, has worn several hats in his 35 years as a city employee. "Started in Parks, move to Solid Waste, a meter reader," Rojas says.

Rojas says he's looking forward to retirement, but he says he may stick around to get forty years in.

"People treat their employees very well in the city of Richland," he says. "It's a good environment, and I've definitely enjoyed every year of it, and I'm looking forward to putting more in."  

City hall and other city offices opened about an hour later Friday morning in order for the employees to attend the breakfast. Police, firefighters, and other emergency employees attended the breakfast, but had their cell phones and two-way radios on their tables in case they had to respond to any emergency call.

The city recognized 93 employees who reached milestones anniversaries in 2013.

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