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Posted on: December 10, 2018

Dennis Payne Set to Retire from City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department

After more than three decades on the job, a long-time City of Pocatello employee will be retiring. 


December 17 will be the last day of Parks Supervisor Dennis Payne’s 37-year career with the Parks and Recreation Department. Dennis started his career back in 1981 as a part-time Laborer. In 1990, he was promoted to Lead Craftsman and in 2000, he was promoted again to Parks Supervisor. 


“Some of the projects I’m most proud to be a part of are the improvements we’ve made to the department’s sprinkler systems, building and updating facilities around the parks, working with Old Town Pocatello on various projects, and putting up the Christmas lights each year,” said Dennis. “It has been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated city employees and seeing these projects come to fruition.”


“We are going to miss him professionally and personally,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Director. “He has always been proactive in finding better ways to do his job more efficiently. Our community is better because of his contributions.” 


In retirement, Dennis and his wife, Kimette, plan on traveling, spending time in the Palisades area, and doing a little more fishing. 


“It has been an honor to work with the many different civic groups who have stepped up to help beautify Pocatello’s parks and the city,” Payne said. 


Monday, December 17 at 1 p.m., an open house will be held for Dennis at the Parks and Recreation shop, 306 West Pine Street. The public is invited to attend.


The Parks and Recreation shop is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at sbeebe@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


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