SERVING OUR CITY FOR DAVID ROCKEY
BY: LEE-LEE ERNSTES
The City of North Vernon had the honor of witnessing a miracle a few days ago, an ending of an era and the beginning of a new one for David Rockey. David is the first employee to ever work for our city for 45 years, which is unheard of in this generation. Recently, the Wastewater Department held a special gathering celebrating the service of David Rockey for his retirement.
Rockey was raised in North Vernon most of his life. He started his career with the city at the water treatment plant and transitioned to the wastewater plant shortly after.
David carries that same dedication and passion he did within his career into his marriage. He has been married to Brenda Rockey for 44 years. He is excited for the next chapter of his life, spending time with his family, which he is very thankful for. He has two kids, one in Richmond, Indiana, and the other in Jackson, Tennessee. He also has the pleasure of having 6 grandkids and 7 great-grandkids. He also plans to help out part-time at the golf course.
"He is a valuable employee; We learned a lot together. The city is losing a lot of knowledge”, said Russell Vaught his current supervisor.
During his time in the Wastewater Department, David was able to learn every job. Russell and David worked many years together. They were able to see the Wastewater Department go from a non-desirable one to one of the tops in the state, winning several awards to prove that team's hard work.
Mayor Mike Ochs went on to say, "I've known David a long time, and he is a great guy. He is a down-to-earth, hard-working man. David has been a valuable asset and will be deeply missed. "
Our city has been blessed to have his work ethic and commitment for 45 years. Please help us congratulate David when you see him around town.