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Paul Henley Retiring After 50 Years

By Staff, 12/15/19 11:03 PM

During the city employee Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 13; City Manager Catherine Cook announced that Paul Henley would be retiring after 50 years of service to the Hope community. 

Cookwho has worked with Henley for 30 years stated that he “embodies the heart of public service in our community in so many ways in his role in Hope, Hope In Action, Mayor of Washington, supporting the guard and reserve, Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, and in so many ways” 

Mayor Steve Montgomerystated “On one hand you can count number of people who you can say truly love and work hard for Hope and Hempstead County, Paul is on that hand.”

Dennis Ramsey also spoke kind words of Paul going on to say, “Paul and I have known each other since little league baseball years ago, Paul and I worked together at the park for the swimming pool” Henley is the third person to serve as Parks and Recreational Director for Hope. At the beginning of his career in Hope the city had Fair Park City Park, and two baseball fields; the city now has soccer fields, several baseball fields and a swimming pool. 

Nathaniel “Peaches” Holyfield also said, “Thank you Paul for giving me the opportunity to come work for the city I first started out at the park.”

A Chamber coffee will be held in January for the public to have the opportunity to come by and visit with Paul.