LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A longtime City of Lufkin employee is set to retire.
According to a press release, Parks Director Mike Akridge will retire after 42 years of service to the City of Lufkin.
The release said Mike graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Industrial Technology and began his career with the City of Lufkin in 1976, first working as summer help for the Parks and Recreation Department. After five years in the City of Lufkin Engineering Department, Mike returned to the Parks Department as the Athletic Coordinator and assumed the position of Director in 2011.
The press release said over the years Mike has witnessed numerous changes in the City of Lufkin, and states that the continual increase of support of Parks and Recreation activities by Administration and residents has been one of the best things in his career.
Mayor Bob Brown says "Mike is a Lufkin native who spent many years making our City a better place to play and was dedicated to make each and every resident feel welcomed and cared for." City Manager Wright echoed the Mayor's sentiment… "Stating it has been a pleasure to work with Mike and we wish him the best as he moves onto the next stage in his life."
The press release said when asked about his favorite memories and what he will miss, Akridge states "the camaraderie of the City of Lufkin Staff and the interaction with residents on a day to day basis…. Seeing the smiles of those people enjoying the activities and services we provide."
Looking to the future, Mike says he is excited about the upcoming softball season and watching his daughter Leah play her final year at Lufkin and the start of her college softball career as well. Oldest daughter Lindsey will graduate from Sam Houston soon and he hopes to spend more time with his children and wife, Tonja. However, Mike says, "Don't worry – I will still be around, hopefully umpiring and staying active with ASA softball..."
The press release said on Friday, September 28, the city will honor the long tenure of Akridge during a reception in the Atrium of Lufkin City Hall.
The reception will take place from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.