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|Galesburg City Employee Retires After 33-Year Career, Cites Handivan Among Proudest Achievements
|A longtime City of Galesburg employee says she can list a lot of accomplishments in her 33 years working with the city.
Human Service Coordinator JoAnn Harris retired Friday. She says she's had a number of jobs since she's been with the city -- having dealt in the past with the city's equal employment and diversity policies.
Harris tells W-G-I-L one her proudest accomplishments is helping establish the Handi Van paratransit service, which came into being in 1978 after the late Lester Pritchard donated the first van.
"When Handivan first started we had two vans and part-time drivers and just kept growing and growing and growing," Harris said. "We (then) added full-time (employees) and that was great."
Harris says HandiVan now has a mostly new fleet of busses, many full-time and a couple part-time drivers, and is a trail-blazer in her words, in terms of paratransit in this part of the state, providing an average of 60-trips a day, six-days a week.
Harris says she's also proud of how much work the city and the Human Relations Commission has done over the years raising diversity issues and concerns, though events like the last several "Not in Our Town" discussions.
Former Neighborhood Improvement Officer Dedra Mannon will be replacing Harris. Harris says Mannon will need some time to learn her new job, but that she believes the office will be left in good hands.
JoAnn Harris is congratulated at a retirement reception in her honor Friday at the Galesburg Community Center
Gifts recognizing JoAnn Harris, who retired Friday from her position as Human Services Coordinator for the City of Galesburg. Harris worked for the city for 33 years.
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson)
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