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1/5/2019 4:59:00 AM
City Honors Three Retiring February 1st
Steve Peeler(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)
Steve Peeler

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos)

Mayor Hatley presents plaques to Dawn Cornelius and Rodney Barkley.
Mayor Hatley presents plaques to
Dawn Cornelius and Rodney Barkley.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Three city of Lincolnton employees who will be retiring Feb. 1st were honored at Thursday night's (Jan. 3rd) City Council meeting.  Steve Peeler, Dawn Cornelius and Rodney Barkley were all presented plaques bearing a resolution from the Mayor and City Council.

Peeler, Lincolnton's Public Works & Electrical Utilites Director, worked for the city for 30 years.  "I was working with Duke Power (now Duke Energy) and they made some cutbacks.  Faced with looking for another job, I talked with then-City Manager David Lowe and asked him when he talked with industries to mention my name.  He called me a few days later and said, 'have you ever considered working for a municipality?'  I took a job with the City and here we are 30 years later.  I've tried to do my best for the people of Lincolnton, and I've been blessed with a lot of wonderful co-workers who have made it possible."

While Peeler will be stepping down from his job, he'll still represent the City serving for the next three years on the Board of Directors of ElectriCities of North Carolina.  

Dawn Cornelius began her career with the City in 1984 in the Utility Billing & Collections division of the Finance Dept.  Mayor Ed Hatley said he had never seen anyone take customer service more seriously than Dawn.  While she'll be retiring from full-time work, she will continue to work part-time for the City.

Rodney Barkley began working at the City's Water Treatment Plant in 1996.  The Lincolnton Water Treatment Plant has received Gold Star recognition for exceeding both state and federal water purity standards for the last dozen years, a record unmatched by any other water treatment operation in North Carolina.  

The combined service to the City by the three is over 87 years.

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