Pineville native and longtime Pineville employee Donnie Wilson said goodbye to his friends and co-workers at a reception held in his honor at Pineville City Hall on Wednesday.
From the noon hour until 4 p.m., friends, co-workers and community members stopped by to speak with Wilson, thanking him for his 27 years of service with the city and wishing him well as he goes into retirement.
Wilson was hired by current and former mayor Scott Madon in 1988 after previously working for several years at a gas station and then in construction for several more years. Wilson had worked for the city of Pineville since that time — working with five mayors in total.
Wilson reflected on the fact that he was retiring under the same mayor who had given him the job so many years ago.
“I’m retiring with the same one that hired me,” said Wilson.
Wilson started out as a general worker and was later promoted to a supervisor, which is the title he retires with.
His plans for the immediate future include some relaxation on the waterfront.
“I’m not going to do anything until after spring — I am going to fish all spring” said Wilson. “I’m going to relax for a while.”
Wilson says after that period he will try to find some part-time work but adds with a grin he will also be spending plenty of time with his family, enjoying his wife and kids, and spoiling his grandchildren.
Despite the fact that he is retiring, Wilson has fond memories of working for the city of Pineville.
“God has blessed me with 27 wonderful years,” said Wilson.
Madon says he will greatly miss Wilson and knows he will be hard to replace.
“We sure will miss Donnie, he has been such a positive figure in the city for 27 years, men like him are hard to replace,” said Madon.
Madon also reflected on the fact that Wilson was retiring while he was in office and said the city of Pineville wishes him well.
“I hired Donnie in 1988 when I was mayor before and I am glad I got to retire him today, we wish him the best,” said Madon.
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