Press Release

Longtime Building & Grounds Manager Announces Retirement Share

Apr 25, 2017  |  Web Administrator

The City of Marion’s Build­ing and Grounds Man­ag­er is retir­ing after 28 ½ years of ser­vice. Ter­ry Kratzer began his long tenure with the City when he accept­ed the main­te­nance man­age­ment role in Decem­ber of 1988, after work­ing eight years doing the same scope for the YMCA.

As a child and teenag­er, Kratzer worked on the fam­i­ly farm just out­side Mar­i­on where he said he adopt­ed a strong work eth­ic. He then worked for RCA for five years where he learned many dif­fer­ent aspects of main­te­nance and operations.

My dad instilled in me the belief that I could do any­thing.” There­fore, he said he enjoyed the every­day chal­lenges work­ing for the City of Marion.

Over near­ly three decades, Kratzer took on many projects includ­ing office remod­els, upkeep of mul­ti­ple City-owned build­ings, land­scap­ing and more, while han­dling the day-to-day respon­si­bil­i­ties. Kratzer made it his duty to be fru­gal with his bud­get, and to com­plete tasks no mat­ter the circumstances.

Kratzer says he has tak­en on extra work for the fam­i­ly farm after the recent death of his father. He also plans to work in min­istry for nurs­ing home res­i­dents who don’t have fam­i­ly sup­port. Kratzer said he is also going to under­take oth­er farm­ing opportunities.

I’ll miss the peo­ple here and the busi­ness rela­tion­ships I’ve made. It’s going to be hard to leave. I’ve real­ly enjoyed work­ing for the City,” said Kratzer.

May­or Jess Alum­baugh said, Terry’s depar­ture will leave a sig­nif­i­cant impact on City Hall. We are grate­ful for his many years of ded­i­cat­ed ser­vice, and his pres­ence will be missed.”

At one time there were four staff mem­bers of the Build­ing & Grounds Depart­ment. There are cur­rent­ly two staff mem­bers includ­ing Kratzer’s posi­tion. Kratzer’s last day is June 16th, and the City is seek­ing appli­cants. To apply, vis­it http://​www​.mar​i​onin​di​ana​.us/​?​q​=​n​o​de/17, or see Chris White with Human Resources at City Hall, 301 S. Bran­son St., Mar­i­on, IN46952.

Media Con­tact: Ter­ry Kratzer, (765) 6187873

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