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February 19th, 2019

frank holman and wifeFrank Holman in a photo with his wife, Barbara. Holman recently announced he will be retiring from his position as director of the city’s solid waste department after many years of working with the City of Liberal. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

Frank Holman is frequently seen around the community in many capacities typically with a smile on his face cracking a joke with others around him. Holman’s most prominent role in the Liberal community is being the director of the City of Liberal Solid Waste Department and after more than 30 years of service in that department, Holman has decided to retire, with Macario Arredondo set to take over the post starting March 1. 

According to Holman himself, the thought of retirement has been in the back of his mind for a little while now. 

“I'll be coming up on 62 years old before too long and when you turn 61, it's just one of those things you start thinking about, so it was about a year ago when I started thinking about it. I started thinking about it because of my age and my life outside of work, things like that,” Holman said. “I've also got 14 grandkids and a daughter who recently moved to London, and I like spending time with my family and as far as that goes, I'm at the point where I want to do something different in my life and I'm actually able to do it. The timing just seemed right with everything, and I've thought about it for a while now, same as everyone else. I started working with the city back in 1987 and then after a few years I actually left for a little bit to pursue some educational opportunities and then I came back. So when you come to a place when you're ready to retire you have to think about whether you want to stay because you enjoy the job so much or if you'd like to pursue some other things on your own timetable. I decided to retire about four or five months ago and my wife and I talked about how we'd like to visit them and all that, and my wife said she'll support what I want to do.”

Holman began working for the city back in 1987 and then in 1992  quit working for the city to further his education with the heating/refrigeration field. After only a short time, however, Holman found himself drawn back to working with the City of Liberal. 

“Ultimately, I found that field had more demands on my life than I was comfortable with, so I found myself back with the city in 1993 and I've been there ever since,” Holman said. “It's a place where I feel productive and can make a difference, it allows me family time and church time since my wife and I co-minister at the Believer's Ministry. So I gained those parts of my life back when I went back to the city and since I went back, I felt myself more devoted to working for the city and worked my way up to director of my department. It's been just wonderful working there and everyone I've worked with have played some big part in my life and there are people I work with now who do the same. I have nothing but good things to say about my time working with the city and if you work hard and do what needs to be done, you'll be successful in what you do.”

Overall, Holman said, he has had mostly good experiences during his time working with the city. 

“I've always enjoyed working with all my co-workers, city staff and personnel, that's a part I've always enjoyed. I've enjoyed working to make a difference in Liberal and when you go out to work a certain area and can see how it's changed, that's great,” Holman said. “Then on the other hand, with our line of work, there are those who sometimes don't show the appreciation for a clean neighborhood or community, which can sometimes be discouraging. Even with all that though, we always felt we were making a difference and we always had purpose. I'll miss my day-to-day duties, I'll miss my co-workers, I'll miss the personnel. We've all shared a lot of laughter in the midst of working and I'll miss that because I enjoy working with people. And just because I'll be retiring doesn't mean I'll just drop off the map, I'll still be around in the community.”

Holman added he has seen many changes to the community during his time working in it.

“I've seen a lot of changes in administration and people, that’s just a given after working here for 30 years,” Holman said with a laugh. “Some of the managers who have come through really challenged me to be better at my job and challenged me to figure out costs and improve services and improve accountability. And that's continued even today with some of the administration challenging us to educate ourselves and be more, which is great because years ago, it wasn't necessarily like that. We've had people challenge us to be better, which I really like. I went to seminars and classes because I wanted to learn and help us make progress.” 

Even though he is retiring from working with the city, however, Holman said he will still be a fixture around the Liberal community. There will be a retirement party for Holman from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Randall Girls Scout Building in Light Park. 

“I enjoy working in my yard and plan on spending more time with my grandchildren and visiting them, and my wife and  I are going to do some of those senior bus tours - we've already done a few, we're going to do some more of those and keep traveling because we've made a lot of friends with those,” Holman said. “Then I might do some odd jobs here and there every once in a while. I also enjoy working on my cars and cleaning them up, I like my stuff clean. My wife and I also visit the local nursing homes and work with them and reach out to the community. I just want to thank all the community and my co-workers and city staff for allowing me to serve in the community, I want to thank each and every one of them because they've all been good to me. I also want to thank God for helping me maintain my health and strength so I'd be able to serve in the community.”

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