Wow, 41 years! Congratulations Dondi Ward on his retirement with the City of Zephyrhills – Government, following a remarkable career.
Ward was honored by Zephyrhills Mayor Melonie Bahr Monson for his incredible service to the residents of Zephyrhills.
The City’s Public Works Department held a special retirement luncheon for Ward earlier this month at the Zephyrhills Depot Museum, where he was gifted a ceremonial jacket and toy garbage truck, among other send-off items.
Ward exits as a Sanitation Foreman, where he managed and guided employees in related field work. He previously served the City in other roles, including Parks Maintenance.
Over the years, Ward relished making a difference in the community, assisting others, and fostering strong relationships with fellow coworkers.
“I’m going to miss everybody,” said Ward.
And, he’s going to be missed, too.
Public Works Director, Shane LeBlanc, detailed how Ward regularly set a positive example for fellow employees and garnered respect over the years, for his dedication and attention to detail.
“Dondi’s going to be hard to replace,” LeBlanc said. “I hate to see him go. He deserves it. He’s worked hard for 41 years. I couldn’t be any prouder of Dondi and the fact that he’s going to enjoy his retirement and go fishing and do whatever he wants to do.”
Ward was born in Dade City and raised in Zephyrhills, where he married his wife, Anna, with whom he raised six children.
While working for the City and raising his family, Ward spent more than a decade coaching Pasco Athletic League (PAL) football in Dade City and Zephyrhills, respectively.
His hobbies include fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.