Klocker to celebrate 40 years with city
Roland Klocker will celebrate his 40 years as an employee with the city of Rifle on Friday.
Klocker, who works for the Rifle Operations and Maintenance Department as an operations maintenance technician, started with the city on June 19,1975, when he was 18 years old. Klocker’s goal when he started working for the city was to make a good living and be the best employee in the city, according to a press release. Over the years he has worked for nine different city managers and seven public works directors.
Klocker has done many different tasks during his tenure — from working on a trash truck, to digging around high pressure gas lines, repairing water line breaks, working with the Colorado Department of Corrections work crews and plowing snow.
“Roland is a dependable and loyal employee for the city of Rifle and he loves to plow snow,” Public Works Superintendent Bobby O’Dell said while congratulating Klocker on his 40 years of service.
When asked what he thought has been the biggest change in Rifle since he started working for the city, Klocker replied, “The growth the city has experienced over the last 20 years.”
Klocker also has seen the impact of the boom and bust of the oil and gas industry on the community.
“It’s not often that we get to celebrate an employee’s 40th employment anniversary and this illustrates Roland’s dedication to the city of Rifle,” said Mayor Randy Winkler, who took time during Monday’s council meeting to congratulate Klocker on the milestone.
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