The City of Ottawa recognized 20 employees who have a combined 370 years of service to Kansas communities Monday night.

Bill Ferguson, who joined the city staff in 1972 as a tree trimmer/apprentice lineman, advanced through the ranks and was promoted to electric distribution crew chief in 1995 — a position he continues to serve in today. Ferguson was honored by the city for 40 years of service during the Ottawa City Commission meeting Monday in the commission chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

“Working for the public is why I’m here,” Ferguson said in written remarks prepared for the occasion. “Every project I work on deserves my best, and that’s what I do.”

Melissa Fairbanks, who worked for the City of Hutchinson for 24 years before being hired by the City of Ottawa in 2006 as human resources director/risk manager, was honored for 30 years of service.

Larry Matile, who joined the city staff in 1982 as a maintenance worker, was promoted to street superintendent in 2009, where he continues to serve in that capacity. Matile also was honored for 30 years of service.

Other employees honored by the city Monday were:

• 25 years of service: Capt. Randy Allen, with the police department; David Piotrowsky, codes inspector with the planning and zoning department; Eric Soper, water distribution/wastewater collection superintendent; and Dana Stephenson, utilities department warehouse manager.

• 20 years: Wynndee Lee, director of planning and codes administration.

• 15 years: Jessica Lemons, administrative division manager with the police department; Brent Macklin, driver/Engineer-EMT-I with the fire department; Mark Seymour, public works equipment operator; Lt. Jared Shinkle, with the fire department; and Shonda Stitt, Ottawa Municipal Auditorium administrative manager.

• 10 years: Mark Gibbs, operator with the electric production division of the utilities department; Wallace Hines, maintenance worker with the electric production division of the utilities department; Justin McCurdy, assistant superintendent of streets with the streets division of the public works department; Jeff Oleson, assistant utilities director; Scott Snethen, maintenance worker in the water production division of the utilities department; and Janet Stewart, meter reader.