Retiring public works director to be honored

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:41 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

The city will host a reception today to celebrate the retirement of Public Works Director Lowell Patterson.

The reception, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, will mark the end of Patterson’s 19-year career as director of the city’s second-largest department.

As public works director, Patterson managed 320 permanent employees. The department is responsible for the city’s streets, sewers, trash collection, parking, building regulations, facilities maintenance, building permits, buses and the Columbia Regional Airport.

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