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Street Foreman Retires
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During early February, the Pleasant Prairie Village Board presented recently retired Street Foreman Gary Sullivan with a Resolution of Appreciation and Recognition. Sullivan, who started with the Village in 1993 as a Truck Driver and had been Street Foreman since 2001, had worked for the Village for twenty years. Sullivan was recognized by the Village for his expertise and devotion to duty, in addition to the valuable effect he had on the efficiency and morale of his staff in the Streets Department.
“This time of year in Pleasant Prairie, we’re known for keeping our roads clear when snow falls. What many people may not know, is that for years Gary has played a key role in making this happen,” explained Public Works Director John Steinbrink Jr. “Day or night, when snow started to fall, Gary would watch the conditions, drive the roads, and make the call to start plowing operations. He’d be there making sure all the bases were covered.” Steinbrink added, “We all really respect Gary; he had a calm, practical, common sense approach to tackling anything that arose.”
Prior to taking a job with Pleasant Prairie, both Gary and his father Tom Sullivan worked for McHenry Sand and Gravel Company on the land that has now become Lake Andrea and Prairie Springs Park. Owners of McHenry Sand and Gravel maintained a pheasant hunting permit in the wooded area of what is now the northwest corner of the park. During Gary’s time with McHenry Sand and Gravel, he became known as “Woodchopper” Sullivan, because he created many of the trails that exist in that area of the park today. “Both prior to his time with Pleasant Prairie and while working for the Village, Gary Sullivan has contributed great service to our community,” explained Mike Pollocoff, Village Administrator. “Gary’s integrity, dedication, and experience has been a great benefit to the people who live in
During retirement, Sullivan is looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 40 years, his daughters, grandchildren, and other family. Sullivan also plans to enjoy his favorite hobby, golf. His favorite memory of working for the Village will be the people, especially his co-workers, and the pride of being able to mentor many of them by sharing things he had learned from his mentors, especially his father.