The City of Cassville celebrated water and wastewater operator Steve Henderson's 25-year service anniversary with a surprise party and dedication ceremony on Oct. 1.
"Steve is an outstanding worker on our staff," said Mayor Tracy Holle. "He does a tremendous job. It is privilege to have you on the city staff."
"I know Steve would be the first to tell us all that this day and the hoopla that surrounds it is extremely unnecessary," said Mike Hayslip, city administrator. "Yet this speaks to the core of who Steve Henderson is.
"He doesn't do things for the recognition," said Hayslip. "He does his jobs, both professionally and privately, as a staff member and as a family man, with great humility and integrity."
Henderson, who began working for the city as a wastewater assistant operator on Oct. 1, 1983, has received several promotions throughout his career at Cassville.
In 1986, Henderson's duties expanded to general labor and meter reading. Two years later, he accepted the position of pre-treatment coordinator. In 1989, he was named program manager, which is also known as public works director.
Around 13 years ago, Henderson was promoted to wastewater treatment plant operator, a position he still holds today.
"Steven isn't just a changing title over the years," said Hayslip. "He is a multi-faceted human being.
"Steve has received many awards during his career at Cassville to include multiple awards for wastewater treatment plant operator of the year for the state of Missouri," said Hayslip. "His exemplary work ethic is the stuff that many in younger generations should study and emulate."
Henderson has demonstrated extensive knowledge in municipal wastewater operations and continually ensures the city is in compliance with all state laws regarding waste products. He was also instrumental in the design and management of the treatment plant upgrade, said Hayslip.
"Steve is among the city's top staff members," said Hayslip. "His technical abilities, attitude and initiative are a tremendous asset to the city. He is well adept at coordinating many projects between suppliers, contractors and the public works crew."
In addition to serving as a dedicated city employee, Henderson is a loving husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend, said Hayslip.
"He is a man not prone to speaking ill of anyone," said Hayslip. "As his immediate supervisor, I don't look at Steve as an employee. Professionally, I look at him as a necessary and integral team member. Personally, I call Steve my friend as he embodies all the characteristics of a friend.
"Reality dictates that Steve, with his many significant qualifications and immense experience in wastewater management, could go a thousand different places and make a lot more than what we can afford to pay him," said Hayslip. "Yet he has chosen to make Cassville his career, and we are all the better for it."
In appreciation for his service to the City of Cassville, the Cassville Wastewater Treatment Plant was dedicated to Steve Henderson.
"Thank you everybody," said Henderson. "The city has been very good to me over the years."
Henderson's wife, Christine, daughters and granddaughters attended the special event.