Cory Rolph Share

Feb 2, 2023  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

City of Mar­i­on Trans­porta­tion Mechan­ic Cory Rolph is sav­ing the City of Mar­i­on thou­sands of dol­lars as a cer­ti­fied Com­mer­cial Driver’s License Train­er for fel­low employees.

Rolph was hired in 2018 as a part-time Bus Dri­ver for Mar­i­on Tran­sit, then became a full-time Relief Dri­ver before switch­ing gears to Mechan­ic in the sum­mer of 2022.

Aside from Rolph fill­ing big shoes in serv­ing needs mechan­i­cal­ly for the Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment, he recent­ly became cer­ti­fied as a CDL train­er. What nor­mal­ly would cost $1,500 per per­son, Rolph cov­ers in-house for free. He has suc­cess­ful­ly trained one employ­ee with two more going through the process.

Rolph bal­ances his sched­ule each week to ensure he ful­fills his duties as the City Mechan­ic while set­ting aside the prop­er time to train his fel­low employ­ees when needed.

Trans­porta­tion Direc­tor Jeff Edwards had been search­ing for answers regard­ing CDL require­ments and found a way for the City to save tax­pay­er dol­lars with the assis­tance of Kim Mar­shall of Mar­i­on Com­mu­ni­ty Schools. Mar­shall then helped train and reg­is­ter Rolph.

Rolph expressed grat­i­tude for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get cer­ti­fied and train oth­ers. A lot of oth­er employ­ees could do it. I’m lucky that I’m the one Jeff picked.”

Edwards said Rolph was cho­sen for his ini­tia­tive and work eth­ic, and that he does a remark­able job in his new role.

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