By Naomi Hatch
Curtis Winder worked for the Town of Snowflake for 27 years, making sure that everyone had water. Now he has retired, and he was honored at the March 25 town council meeting.
“Curtis is extremely dedicated and passionate about the water system,” said Snowflake Public Works Director Terry Cooper. “He really cares about the citizens of the community.”
Cooper said they estimated that over the course of Winder’s tenure, more than 80 billion gallons of water was provided. “He was dedicated to the citizens, dedicated to the town, dedicated to the water system,” said Cooper, noting that Winder was always there when he was needed, anytime day or night.
“I can’t believe where we’ve come from,” said Will Wilson, who has worked with Winder for those 27 years. He recalled that in the early days, one of the wells even had boards that propped up equipment to keep the well working. Winder began with those conditions and made a system that runs very, very well.
Wilson and Cooper both acknowledged that Winder had not had any deficiencies from the State of Arizona.
“It’s been very obvious he truly cares about what he does,” said Town Manager Paul Watson. “He’s left us much better than we were when he started. He’s done a great job.”
“We just want him and his family to know how much we appreciate him,” said Mayor Kelly Willis, who then presented Winder with the traditional retirement rocking chair.
By Naomi Hatch