Among the more pleasant duties of the Dallas County Board of Supervisors is the awarding of certificates of appreciation to county employees as they reach milestones in length of service. The board presented six of these last week during its regular Tuesday morning meeting.
County workers receiving certificates were:
- Tori Long, who has worked five years in the Recorder’s office
- Rick Willadsen, who has worked 10 years in the Sheriff’s office
- Brad Kinzie, who has worked 10 years in the Secondary Roads Department
- Marcia McIlrath, who has worked 10 years in the Recorder’s office
- Stacy Ritchie, who has worked 15 years in the County Attorney’s office
- Nate Bandy, who has worked 15 years in the Secondary Roads
Dallas County Emergency Management Coordinator Barry Halling was present when the supervisors presented the certificates, and he came in for some gentle raillery from his fellow county workers. Halling has the most seniority among all county employees.
“How long have you been with the county, Barry?” asked one co-worker, “100 years?”
“Since before the county started keeping written records,” Halling replied. “The Sac and Fox were still here when I started.”
Institutional memory is notoriously short lived, but all present agreed Halling has served the county for a long time if not quite time out of mind.
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