‘We need more like him in this world’: City’s Larry Jones retires after 45 years

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Cullman City Sanitation Department Superintendent Larry Jones, retiring after 45 years, is seen at his retirement party Friday. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Forty-five years. That’s dedication, and such commitment warrants recognition. City officials and sanitation department workers did just that Friday, recognizing retiring Cullman City Sanitation Department Superintendent Larry Jones for his milestone. Attendees included Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs, former Cullman Mayor Max Townson and former Cullman City Sanitation Department Superintendent Delwin Kilgo.

“I already miss the ones I work with,” said Jones. “You stop and think about it- you’re at work really more than you are at home, and they treat you like another family. I know I’m going to miss it; it means a lot to me.”

Administrative Assistant to Jacobs, Leanne West, said, “He will be greatly missed. He’s just an awesome guy who worked his way up through the department. He’s done it all. Plus, he’s humble, nice and funny. We need more like him in this world.”  

Jacobs smiled and said he wished he could do more to celebrate Jones’ retirement.

“Larry came to the council meeting Monday night and they kind of put their blessing on all this, and unfortunately the State won’t let us really buy you anything from the City,” he said “You’re going to do well and you have a path ahead of you Good luck with that.”

Jacobs gave Jones a City of Cullman commemorative coin, joking, “I wish I could buy you a gold watch, but I’d get in trouble!”

Jones said he is looking forward to spending time with his grandkids.

The City announced Jan. 13 that Samuel J. Dillender will take Jones’ place.

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Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs (second from left) shakes retiring Cullman City Sanitation Department Superintendent Larry Jones’ hand at his retirement party Friday. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)