Retirements continue at utility
WILLMAR — Retirements of longtime employees at the Willmar Municipal Utilities are continuing.
Hompe also announced that Rich Maxfield, line department supervisor, will be retiring May 9 after 34 years.
Hompe said well over 30 percent of the staff has retired during the last two to three years, and he’s looking at the potential retirement of another 30 percent of the staff in the next three to five years. The retirements are coming because so many people were hired all at the same time 35 years ago.
Hompe said the utility is losing people with considerable institutional knowledge and experience. But he said the new people coming in have fresh eyes and possibly new ideas and ways for doing things.