LOMBARD — March marks the retirement month for three men who have made their careers in the public works field: Dave Cilella, Al Jones and Larry Trojanowski.
This year, the village of Lombard offered early retirement incentives that have prompted the departure of several long-time employees.
Dave Cilella has worked in the public works field for 27 years, and with the Lombard Public Works Department since 2007. He previously served in Addison.
Cilella works in the village's Street Maintenance Department and is responsible for helping with paving, street sweeping, snow removal and more. With retirement, he said he will miss the day-to-day routine and the friends he's made through work.
"I will miss the people," he said. "It feels like family in the department and the made me feel at home from the moment I started working in Lombard."
After leaving work at the village, he plans to get involved in the automotive field or with a motorcycle dealership. He and his wife, Lynn, will also be at Lombard Cruise Nights in the summer with their 1965 Super Sport Impala.
Al Jones retired on March 15. He began working for the village in 1975 as a mechanic in the Public Works Department's garage until he was transferred to the street department where he worked for 18 years.
'I've enjoyed snow plowing and salting (the streets)," he said. "And definitely setting up for Cruise Nights has been a favorite task over the past several years. I will miss the employees most and the fact that Lombard has actually been a nice place to work."
Now that he's retired, Jones and his wife Sue plan to spend more time with family and friends, and he plans to ride his Harley.
Larry Trojanowski started working with Lombard's Public Works Department when he was 18-years old and has spent nearly 34 years working as a "meter tech" for the village.
In his job, he's been responsible for acting in a customer service role for residents with water and water billing issues. He's known by some people in town as "Mr. Larry" or "Larry the Meter Guy."
"I will definitely miss the residents," he said. "I was able to get to know people on a personal level and found that by using my communication skills and really listening to them, every time I was able to resolve their situation in some manner to make them happy."
In retirement, Trojanowski plans to spend his time traveling and fishing.