Los Altos City Councilmembers recognized retiring Maintenance Services Manager Brian McCarthy for his 36 years of service during their Nov. 8 meeting.
The council presented McCarthy, whose final day was Nov. 11, with an engraved glass bowl as a gift for his service. He received a standing ovation from the council and attendees during the presentation.
“It’s been a wonderful 36 years,” said McCarthy, whose final project for the city was the renovation of Rosita Park. “I’ve always been proud of working for the city and meeting all the friends and co-workers over the years. It’s an organization that is professional and always striving to get better.”
McCarthy began working for the city of Los Altos in October 1975 as an apprentice in the Maintenance Services Department and worked his way through the ranks to become the maintenance services manager four years ago.
“He’s been a very dedicated public servant,” said Mayor Ron Packard of McCarthy. “He’ll be greatly missed by the city.”
Despite receiving several job offers elsewhere throughout the years, McCarthy stayed and served Los Altos, added Councilwoman Val Carpenter.
“We’ve been very fortunate that he’s always chosen to stay here,” she said. “It’s great that we got to have him for all these years. He’s always had a lot of affection for the city and his colleagues, and that’s really heartwarming.”