Retirement Open House for Park District’s Ron Butler Jan. 18
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After 37 years with the Rockford Park District, Ron Butler, deputy director of operations, will retire Friday, Jan. 18. To celebrate this milestone and his years of service, the Rockford Park District will hold a Retirement Open House for Butler from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, in the Board Room of the Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main St., Rockford. There will be a short program at 6 p.m.
Butler started working for the Park District in 1976 as a seasonal employee at the Alpine Park maintenance shop. His career with the Rockford Park District quickly took off, and he became a full-time employee on June 10, 1977, joining the Support Services Department, where he held the position of General Maintenance I, then became foreman, and eventually supervisor.
For about 10 years, Butler was the man behind all major concerts and special events at the Rockford Park District, including an event featuring at the time Vice President George H.W. Bush. Butler took on more responsibility as supervisor of Support Maintenance and Support Services. By that point, he had worked in every position he was supervising.
Butler was appointed deputy director of operations in November 2006, and is responsible for overseeing the golf courses, sports facilities, district-wide park and maintenance services, Support Services, Security/Police, conservation, City of Gardens and Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens.
Retirement will allow Butler to spend more time with his wife, Kris, their two children, Kara and Erick, and his grandson, along with hunting wild turkey and deer, fishing, playing softball and bowling.
Posted Jan. 16, 2013
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