After 20 years of dedicated service to the Lewiston community, Ken Scharnhorst, Street Maintenance Technician, is retiring.
He began his career with theCity of Lewiston in May 2000 as a seasonal employee in the Streets Division. He became a full-time employee in March 2001. As a Street Maintenance Technician, his primary responsibilities focus on keeping the City's streets clean and safe. This includes activities like operating a snow plow and deicer truck, driving street sweepers that free the roadway of leaves and other debris, filling potholes or fixing other road imperfections, maintenance of the storm drain system, and much more. Every aspect of his job includes an emphasis on safety. That means the safety of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.
“Ken has always been a conscientious employee and more than willing to help members of the public,” Street Maintenance Manager Keith Bingman said.
October 16th was his last day at work before he embarked on a well-deserved retirement.
“I really like the people that I work with and it’s not just in my department. I appreciate all staff throughout the City of Lewiston; they’re all pretty great people. That’s what has kept me here for so many years. I have always loved my job, especially operating the equipment. It all started when I was a young boy. I worked on a farm with my grandfather and was always excited to be around big machinery. To this day, I continue to enjoy operating equipment. I like being challenged, and this job has been a learning experience, as well as a challenge. I also like being able to do things that help my community,” Ken Scharnhorst said.
Scharnhorst further detailed a recent project he completed with his team in a woman’s driveway, and the gratitude she expressed for their help. He said, "those moments make the job worth it."
“I know that not everyone appreciates what the City does, but many people do,” Scharnhorst said. “It’s good to be able to serve the community and improve the roads; they won’t always be perfect, and folks may not always realize it, but what we do does keep them safe.”
Thank you for your many years of service to the City of Lewiston, Ken. We wish you a long and happy retirement.