Evanston officials honored some of the city’s longest-serving employees at Monday night’s City Council meeting, awarding certificates and service pins to those who’ve been on the job 25 years or more.

The workers honored included:

Administrative Services Department

  • Kathy Brown, payroll/pension administrator, 30 years.
  • Patricia Ford, payroll manager, 30 years.
  • Rickey Voss, parking manager, 30 years.

Fire Department

  • Michael Adam, fire captain/paramedic, 35 years.
  • Dave Arreguin, fire shift chief, 30 years.
  • William Betke Jr., fire captain, 35 years.
  • Wayne Coleman, firefighter, 30 years.
  • Scott Hargreaves, firefighter/paramedic, 30 years.
  • Norman Henderson, firefighter/paramedic, 25 years.
  • Gregory Klaiber, fire chief, 25 years.

Health Services

  • Mayda Figueroa, secretary, 25 years.


  • Noel Kirsch, librarian, 35 years.
  • Lorraine Stringfellow, library assistant, 25 years.

Parks/Recreation and Community Services Department

  • Roy Conley, facilities maintenance worker, 35 years.
  • Janice Brown, Pre-School Instructor, 30 years.
  • Carolyn Wharton, clerk, 25 years.


  • Thomas Devine, police officer, 35 years.
  • Madonna Grove, police officer, 30 years.
  • Thomas Guenther, police commander, 25 years.
  • John Skrip, police officer, 30 years.
  • Kathryn Thomsen, executive secretary, 25 years.
  • Barbara Wiedlin, deputy chief, 25 years.

Public Works Department

  • William Doby, public works maintenance worker, 30 years.
  • Gerald Franklin, public works maintenance worker, 25 years.

Utilities Department

  • Patrick Leahy, water service worker, 25 years.
  • James Murzyn, water plant operator, 25 years.
  • David Stoneback, director of utilities, 25 years.

Above: Fire Chief Greg Klaiber receives his 25-year pin from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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