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Combs, the City of Altus’s Sanitation Superintendent, set to retire after 38 years of service
Altus, OK— September 4, 2020 — During this week’s City Council meeting, Kenny Combs was honored with recognition and a standing ovation by the Council and attendees for his many years of service to the City of Altus. At the end of the month, Combs will retire from the City after 38 years of service to our community.
In honoring Combs, Johnny Barron, City of Altus Director of Public Works, summarized Combs’s many years of service, which began when Kenny Combs started working for the City of Altus in October 1982 as a heavy Equipment Operator at the Altus Landfill. “The City was building a brand-new landfill, and Kenny was hired to help build it. He used scrapers, dozers, motor graders, backhoes, front end loaders and jackhammers to install the first fence and dig out for the first cell. He proved his worth as a hard-working employee with a good attitude.”
The landfill was permitted by the newly-created Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in 1986. Then in 1997, after 15 years of work at the Landfill, Kenny was promoted to Altus Landfill Supervisor. In 2000, He was promoted again to Sanitation Superintendent. As Superintendent, Mr. Combs was responsible for all aspects of sanitation, including trash collection and transport and landfill operations.
Mr. Barron went on to state that: “Kenny was there when the first load was dumped at the Altus Municipal Landfill on January 2, 1983. Kenny was on the dozer to spread and compact that load. He has been a key figure in our waste management program ever since. Our landfill has since accepted 1.26 million tons of waste (2.5 billion pounds) into mountains with a combined volume of over 3.8 million cubic yards.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Combs has amassed an impressive safety record. During his 38 years, there have been no serious injuries in his department. And over his entire 38-years of employment with the City, Kenny has taken only three days of sick leave.
Throughout his years of service to the City of Altus, Kenny Combs earned many honors, including being named City of Altus Department Head of the Year, Supervisor of the Quarter, and twice being named Employee of the Year. In March of 2020, Kenny was recognized by his peers in the Oklahoma Indian Nations Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America at their Annual Conference in Norman, OK with their Distinguished Leadership Award.