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Dawsonville recognizes retiring utilities director for 30 year career with city
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On Nov. 16, the Dawsonville City Council recognized retiring employee Gary Barr for his 30 years of service as Utilities Director for the city. (Photo by Sara Beacham)

At its regular meeting and work session on Monday, Nov. 16, the Dawsonville City Council recognized retiring city employee Gary Barr for 30 years of service with the city.

Barr served as Utilities Director for the City of Dawsonville, and during his time with the city, he did his job very well, City Manager Bob Bolz said at the meeting.

“We’re recognizing Gary Barr for 30 years of service for the City of Dawsonville,” Bolz said, “for his wonderful service; outstanding service.” 

Dawsonville Mayor Mike Eason and the city council recognized Barr and presented him with a card and a plaque as tokens of their appreciation. After this presentation, Barr addressed the council, expressing how much he had enjoyed his time with the city. 

“The people that I work with have made my job easy, and it was a pleasure working with them,” Barr said. “It isn’t a job when you’re having fun every day and getting to work with people like I worked with, and I’ve really been blessed about that.” 

Eason added that even with a good work environment, 30 years is still an impressive feat that should be celebrated.

“It’s a long time, 30 years, and I can echo Gary’s comments that when you work in a good place and you enjoy what you’re doing 30 years doesn’t seem like a lot of work,” Eason said. “But it is a long time and we do appreciate Gary for all he’s done for the city.”

Even though he’s retired, Barr told the council that he will still be “only a call away” if the city needs him. 

“He’s gonna be missed,” Eason said, “and we’re still using him to consult on some stuff because there’s a lot of things that no one knows about this city but Gary Barr.”