WHEELING — Members of the Wheeling City Council on Tuesday recognized two longtime employees who will soon step down from their important roles, leaving big shoes to fill.
Russell Jebbia, director of public works for the city, will retire after the end of this month, and Tom Connelly, director of construction and planning, will leave the city for a new job with the federal government after the end of this week. .
Both men attended their last Wheeling City Council meeting as city staff, received applause from those in attendance Tuesday night and were recognized by the council for their many years of service to the city.
“It is a pleasure for me to pay tribute to two long-serving employees who are leaving the City of Wheeling – one is moving on to another position with the federal government and the other is retiring after many, many years of service,” Wheeling City manager Robert Herron said. mentioned.
Connelly will move “just up the street” to the Federal Building in downtown Wheeling, where he will take on a new role as facilities manager.
“He served the city for almost 20 years and was an excellent city official,” Herron said.
“He has done an excellent job of managing the Planning Department and working with the Planning Commission, working on updating the overall plan, he was promoted to Head of Department a few years ago, was in charge of planning, construction and zoning for a few years and has just done an outstanding job.
Herron said Connelly will be missed when he leaves at the end of the week.
“He was one of the first administrative hires I had when I started 20 years ago,” Herron said. “So I want to congratulate Tom on his years of service to the City of Wheeling and wish him nothing but the best as he embarks on the next phase of his career with the federal government.”
Jebbia has 44 years of service and has held a number of positions in addition to being Director of Public Works for the past several years. He also served as deputy city manager for several years, Herron noted.
“Rusty has a wealth of information and a huge responsibility,” Herron said, noting that Jebbia oversees a total of about 170 city employees in various departments and divisions. “Water, water pollution control, vehicle maintenance, operations, sanitation, engineering all report to Rusty as Director of Public Works, and he will be greatly missed. “
City leaders applauded Jebbia for her 44 years of excellent service to the city and congratulated her on her upcoming retirement.
“I want to offer him my best wishes for a very successful and happy retirement,” Herron said.
“Congratulations to Tom and Rusty,” added Mayor Glenn Elliott.