GALLIPOLIS — The City of Gallipolis recently honored two longtime employees who are now celebrating their well-earned retirements.
During a ceremony held on Tuesday at the new Gallipolis Municipal Building on Third Avenue, city workers, friends and family gathered to honor Sandee Saxon and John Westfall upon their retirement from the City of Gallipolis.
Saxon, who has worked with the city for 34 years, has served the city as the Administrative Secretary for the Gallipolis City Manager’s Office. Westfall, who is retiring with 33 years of service to the city, was the Superintendent of Wastewater Pollution Control Facility.
During brief remarks, Gallipolis City Manager Randy Finney thanked Westfall and Saxon for their years of dedicated service, and, speaking on behalf of all the city employees, spoke of how much the retirees will be missed.
Also honored during the event was Gallipolis City Commissioner Jim Cozza, whose last day of service was on December 31, 2013.
Cozza, who decided not to run for re-election, had been the longest serving member on the current Gallipolis City Commission, previously serving as the president of the board. Newcomer and longtime city resident Albert “Tony” Gallagher is replacing Cozza on the board and will begin his service to the city following a re-organizational meeting that will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 2 at the municipal building.