El Paso County, CO, Jan. 20, 2017 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners at its regular meeting Thursday, January 19, recognized the retirement of Steve Barden with a Proclamation, expressing thanks for his 22 years of service as an employee in the Department of Public Works.
“Steve is in the category of unsung hero, along with your co-workers,” said Commissioner Stan VanderWerf. “Many citizens just take for granted that the roads and bridges and waterways and everything else will always work, but it’s very important to recognize those things stay in usable shape because there are people out there working hard.”
Barden worked many blizzards and flooding events, providing critical support to the Office of Emergency Management during the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires, the Proclamation read.
“There were so many people who went above and beyond to take care of the community during emergencies,” said President Darryl Glenn. “Thank you for your service and dedication.”
Barden began working as a Supply Technician with Facilities Management and quickly advanced to Roving Maintenance Technician. He accepted additional duties and responsibilities as Foreman and then Superintendent in Public Works. Barden was responsible for many projects, including the reconstruction of 13 miles of Myers Road and five miles of Squirrel Creek Road.
“Steve has worked with just about every crew in the El Paso County Public Works,” Director Jim Reid said. “What we’re trying to do in the Public Works training department is to create more people like Steve, because you need people with that knowledge and background.”
Barden’s knowledge and experience was a key element in the establishment in 2016 of an in-house bridge crew which was able to save time and money in repairing bridges damaged during last summer’s heavy rains.
Barden said, “My success here at the County is because of these people. They’ve done what I‘ve asked, we’ve worked together, and we’ve gone through some pretty tough jobs at times, such as fires, floods and blizzards, and these guys have been at your beck and call.”
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