John started at the Connecticut Highway Department on January 13th, 1956 (on a Friday to start a pay period!) where he served at the New Milford Highway Department as a member of the Survey Crew.
He joined the CHD after the historic 1955 floods in CT that wiped out parts of Torrington, Danbury and beyond. The State was desperately trying to hire new personnel to deal with the mess and this member found himself being swept up right out of high school.
Being so young, John started at the bottom and worked his way up, taking on more and more responsibilities. He held numerous jobs in the CHD before his retirement in February of 1992, but ironically enough started and ended his engineering career as a Survey Part Chief.
John joined CSEA Chapter 15 in 1956, following the lead of his older peers since he was just a kid at the time—but says it was the best decision he could have made for his career.
Now, he’s a proud member of Council 400’s Chapter 402 in the Danbury area and can always been seen at our monthly Delegates Meeting.
When John retired in 1992 and his first instinct was to join Council 400 where he began attending Chapter 402 meetings in Danbury so he could stay current with threats to his earned benefits. As he got older (and wiser!) he became more involved in politics, realizing how important holding our politicians accountable is. From his involvement in the New Fairfield DTC and local and state races, John is a force to be reckoned with!