Dave Full retired Dec. 27 after almost 30 years of service in the city of Coon Rapids’ engineering department.
Full was honored at the Coon Rapids City Council’s final meeting of the year Dec. 17 with a proclamation presented by Mayor Tim Howe.
He was hired by the city March 5, 1984 as senior engineering technician and was promoted to project manager March 7, 1988.
As project manager, Full shepherded construction projects, notably park and trail improvements, from start to finish.
According to the proclamation, Full “always strived to provide excellent service to the council, staff and citizens of Coon Rapids and earned the respect of those he dealt with.”
“Dave’s performance of his duties and responsibilities, as well as his working relationships, were always characterized by a sincere dedication to the city,” the proclamation states.”
Howe tried to talk Full out of retirement, he said.
His work on parks, trails and golf course improvements as well as storm water management leaves a legacy for which the city will forever be indebted, according to Howe.
“I appreciate everything Dave has done for the city,” Howe said.
“His work has been exemplary and made a difference to the city.”
In dealing with many residents through his work, Full has always helped them with their questions and issues, Howe said.
“Dave has been professional, kind and courteous,” he said.
“He has done a tremendous job and we have big shoes to fill.”
There was always something different to do coming to work each day and that was one of the aspects he liked about his job, according to Full.
“I hope I enjoy my future in retirement as much as I have enjoyed working for the city,” Full said.
Full thanked the council and all city staff for an “enjoyable” career with the city, which he will miss, he said.
“But it’s time to move on,” Full said.
Full was presented with a commemorative plaque by Howe on behalf of the council.
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