To the Editor:
After more than 32 years of public service -- 28 on the Greencastle Police Department and the last four as the commissioner of public works and safety -- Paul Wilson has decided to take his life in a new direction.
Paul was asked by former Mayor Nancy Michael to come out of retirement and work as the commissioner.
In that capacity, Paul has brought the department through a period of growth and expanded service to the community. He has led the efforts of the city to care for our roads and streets as well as improve our sanitary sewer system.
Under his watch, Greencastle has continued to be recognized as a Tree City.
His professionalism and dedication to his work is something recognized by those who know him.
Perhaps his greatest legacy is to our veterans. In 2005 he took an idea to the Putnam County Community Foundation. Through that partnership, Paul has implemented a living memorial program to our veterans.
Over 180 dedicated trees now adorn the north side of Veteran's Memorial Highway. Requests for next year's honorees is at an all time high (more information about that program and this year's Arbor Day celebration can be found on the city's Web site: www.cityofgreencastle.com on the public works link).
We are grateful to Paul for his many years of dedicated service to the city of Greencastle and its citizens.
We wish him good health and much happiness in the years ahead.