Rolling Meadows officials recently honored an employee who recently retired after more than 43 years in the city's public works department.
John Somogyi spent the last two decades as the department's water operations superintendent, during which time he implemented electronic monitoring and operating of the entire water production, storage and distribution system. In his first few months as water system supervisor, Somogyi was able to protect the city's water system integrity during a Lake Michigan water supply shutdown on August 8, 1988, officials said.
He joined the city in 1974 as a refuse collector, and worked his way up the ranks of the public works department.
"John Somogyi has always demonstrated a passion for the public works department, for the city of Rolling Meadows, for its residents and businesses to provide exceptional public services to them," said Mayor Len Prejna, reading from a proclamation that named May 11 as John Somogyi Day in the city.
"He has worked to provide outstanding friendly customer services to the residents of Rolling Meadows, and has shown a constant pride, dedication, passion and professionalism to his work," Prejna said.