retireesMADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/29/14) ― The city of Madisonville held a retirement party at the Madisonville City Park Clubhouse to honor and say, "goodbye" to three city employees, Fire Chief Steven Stoltz, Electrical Superintendent Jim Asbury and Code Enforcement Officer Sue Jones Friday, Aug. 29.

Steven Stoltz started his fire service career in 1982 as a volunteer for Hanson Fire Department. Then in 1984, he became fire chief at the Hanson Fire Department and served there until 1988, then joined the Madisonville Fire Department.

 Stoltz then advanced through rankings and on March 2, 2007, he was selected and sworn in by former mayor William Cox, Jr., as Chief for the Madisonville Fire Department.

“It was an honor and a pleasure working here,” said Stoltz. “It never felt like a job, everyone at the department is like my family and I thoroughly enjoyed my 26 years and I’m really going to miss it, but I’ll still be around.”

Stoltz said he will be taking a vacation and time off for a little while and then be on the job hunt again.

Electrical Superintendent Jim Asbury has worked in the electric business for 44 years and has pursued many opportunities by maintaining an active interest in economic and social issues that have played a vital role with community growth and development.

Asbury dedicated his time to conserve natural resources and maintained a healthy environment for the Madisonville community.

“It has been a wonderful career,” said Asbury. “I have met many hundreds of people I have enjoyed in my career. It’s such a great endeavor to get to this point in retirement. I wish the city of Madisonville and the employees the best … they have a great community here.”

Asbury said he and his wife will be moving down south to reside and will miss the Madisonville community.
Code Enforcement Officer Sue Jones started her work with the city, when she was the executive administrative assistant to former mayor Karen Cunningham for eight years. Then, in 2007, she was sworn in by former mayor William Cox, Jr.

Jones had the opportunity to develop a successful code enforcement program for the city and has seen the removal of more than 475 nuisance structures and 250 abandoned vehicles.

“I have been working for 50 years, “ said Jones. “I started teaching piano when I was 12 years old and I have worked for the city for 15 years and I have really enjoyed it. I just need to not work. I look forward to this; I have never just been at home.  I have always worked. My husband is retired now, too, so, we are just going to do fun stuff.”

Amber Averitt
SurfKY Lead News Reporter
Photos by Amber Averitt

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