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Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 5:54 a.m.

Nine Washtenaw County Road Commission employees retire

By Lisa Allmendinger


Nine longtime Washtenaw County Road Commission employees were honored Thursday as they retire. Among them were: front row, Robert Berger and Ed Reed; back row, Glenn Schultz, Gary Bauer, Ronald Zahn and Samuel Stephens.

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Nine Washtenaw County Road Commission employees from several departments were honored Thursday afternoon for their combined service of more than 230 years to the organization.

From light- and heavy-truck drivers to mechanics to supervisors and clerks, they all had at least 16 years of service to the Road Commission and many of them had 20-plus years on the job.

Retiring are:

Ronald Zahn of Manchester, a heavy-truck driver with 32 years, 11 months on the job.

Chris Bennett, a light- and heavy-truck driver and heavy-equipment operator from Chelsea, retired after 33 years on the job.

Gary A. Bauer of Grass Lake, a light- and heavy-truck driver, equipment operator, tire service and repairman, assistant sign erector and finally a group leader. He put in 24 years and 9 months at the Road Commission.

Robert D. Berger, a mechanic, group leader and equipment maintenance supervisor of York Township, who worked for 32 years and 11 months for the organization.

Ed Reed of Pinckney, who was a heavy-truck driver, a heavy-equipment operator, assistant superintendent of maintenance, and retired as the superintendent of maintenance after 25 years and five months on the job.

Debra L. Malvasi, a permit clerk and maintenance clerk of Grass Lake, retired after 16 years.

Laura Key Southwell, a secretary and engineering technician from Stockbridge, retired after 21 years of working for the Road Commission.

Samuel Stephens of Ann Arbor, a signal group leader and signal technician, worked for 25 years for the Road Commission.

Glenn E. Schultz, a mechanic and heavy-truck driver from Lodi Township, retired after 23 year and 10 months at the Road Commission.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at



Tue, Dec 13, 2011 : 1:45 p.m.

Congrats & enjoy your retirement.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 8:28 p.m.

I wish to thank these employees for their hard work on behalf of the public. When did it become fashionable to criticize those who serve our needs?


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Not right but, many comments from earlier story on FD and PD pensions were certainly more extreme than those here. Very few comments thanking them for their hard work.


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 2:01 p.m.

I'm curious why so many are retiring this year. Is this normal for the Road Commission, or is there a particular reason that they chose now to retire? Are their retirement packages subject to public knowledge as the Ann Arbor City retirees are?


Mon, Dec 12, 2011 : 4:56 p.m.

I was thinking the same thing. Time to FOIA the information