City engineer Graybill retires

Colleagues pay tribute to longtime service of community 'pillar'


February 22, 2023

Benny Westcott

Recently retired City of Sweet Home Staff Engineer Joe Graybill sits at his old desk at City Hall on Feb. 17.

Sweet Home engineer Joe Graybill, with his experience as both a city employee and longtime resident, could accurately be called a local institution - a "foundation pillar of the community," as City Engineering Technician Trish Rice described him.

So when he retired Thursday, Feb. 16, after nearly 27 years on the job, his fellow pillars showered him with praise.

The 64-year-old himself, however, explained that it was simply just time.

"I have some family and church responsibilities I need to take care of," he said. "Nearly 27 years is a long time to do this kind of work. I tried to do m...

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