Photo by Julia Hart
Longtime friend Gayle Krumsick (L) visits with Sunnyside city utility billing clerk Shirley Stredwick at her retirement party held last Friday at city hall. Stredwick retires after 30 years of service to the community.
After 30 years of greeting Sunnyside residents visiting city hall to pay their utility bills, Shirley Stredwick has decided she is due for a rest.
This past Friday, the longtime city employee greeted former co-workers, and members of the community at her retirement party held at Sunnyside City Hall.
Stredwick was hired to work in the city utility department in March 1984.
“I’ve been a utility billing clerk during my entire career at city hall,” she said. “Fortunately, I’ve liked the job.
“I came to be good friends with a lot of the customers who came into pay their monthly utility bills,” Stredwick said.
“It wasn’t always an easy job, dealing with the public but all in all it was okay,” she added.
When Stredwick began her city hall career, water and garbage billing was entered by hand and the meters were read manually. “It used to take two weeks just to enter the data for the billings,” she explained
With the advent of computers, the meters are now read electronically and all of meter reading data is uploaded to the billing department for billing, which is also done electronically.
“It’s much easier to do now,” she said.
Stredwick said most of the people she started work with at city hall have all gone, “…but I have had a good time getting to know the new employees, but it is time to go,” she said.
Looking toward to what comes next in her life, Stredwick is planning a series of road trips with her husband Steve.
“He also retired on Friday, so we’re free to do what we like now,” Stredwick added.
“We are going to explore the possibility of being snow birds,” she explained.
The couple plans a trip to Yuma, Ariz. in the near future.
“We have motor home, so we will be hitting the road as often as possible,” she said.
“We both like to travel, so we might even take a cruise or two,” she said.