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64 Richland Employees Recognized for Their Service

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Richland --  Much of the City of Richland shut down for a couple of hours Friday morning.   There was no emergency; instead there was a celebration.   

Friday marked the annual recognition of employees, with a focus on those on the job for five to thirty years.   The gathering was held at the Shilo Inn just off of George Washington Way beginning at 7:30 am.  Hundreds of workers were in attendance, and the city delayed opening its offices and most facilities until 10 am. 

Robert Zufelt, who has worked for the city for three decades, said,

"You don't find very many places where people have been here that long.  It is an accomplishment to look back and see all of the things that have changed, and all of the people that have retired before you."

Zufelt said the biggest change he has noted on his job at the wastewater treatment plant, involves safety.  Today, he said, it is a primary focus; but thirty years ago it was not.

Speaking of safety, police, fire, and emergency services personnel continued to respond to emergency calls received through 911.  And the landfill opened at its regular 8 am time. 

In all 64 employees were honored, representing 910 years of service to the city.  

This year also marks the 50th year since the city's incorporation.