After twenty-five years serving the City of Oakland, one of its venerable employees is preparing to retire.

Oftentimes, these long-term employees can share stories of how things were when they first started. Nowadays, those stories probably include how work was done when computers were first coming out.

But in Oakland, one employee’s time as Building Manager and her passion for history, lead her to help rediscover city history.

One columnist thought it was worth highlighting. And I thought it was worth reposting.

From the Oakland Tribune:

Cheryl Ramirez has managed operations in most of Oakland’s municipal buildings during the past 25 years, but her favorite is City Hall.

As she prepares to retire this month as the building services manager for the facilities division of the Oakland Public Works Agency, Ramirez is also responsible for overseeing operations at the Oakland Museum, the Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium and the Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts.

But none of them can hold a candle to City Hall, her favorite landmark. The building is special, she said, and watching over it has been “an incredible honor and privilege.”

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