At its February 21 meeting, the Sebastopol City Council honored Public Works Superintendent Rich Emig on his upcoming retirement after 42 years and 8 months spent working for the city.
Rich is the longest tenured employee in the history of the City of Sebastopol. Born and raised in the area, he graduated from Analy High School in 1973 and began his career with the city in 1974 at aged 19 as an aide with the Sebastopol Police Department. In 1985, Rich made the move to the Public Works Department and was promoted to Superintendent 14 years later.
City Manager Larry McLaughlin reflected that he had the distinction of both appointing Rich as Public Works Superintendent in 1999 and officially congratulating him on behalf of the city on the occasion of his retirement.
City Manager McLaughlin further noted that Rich’s 2”-thick employee file was full of letters of appreciation and thanks from citizens dating back to the pre-computer era.
Said Larry McLaughlin, “Rich and his crew are responsible for maintaining the fundamental services that keep the city going: water supply, sanitation, sidewalks, public streets, buildings, and landscaping. Beyond that, he’s a tireless worker, effective leader and is someone who’s always there to bring vital services to our citizens regardless of the time of day or day of the week. He is the epitome of what it means to be a public servant."