Talent public works superintendent retires after 33 years

TALENT — Public Works Superintendent Lester Naught has retired after more than 33 years of service with the city.

Naught began working for the city in March of 1980. He was named public works supervisor in 1998 and superintendent in July 2003. Naught also served as the department's director on an interim basis during 2001.

"He's going to be missed," said Mayor Bill Cecil. "He has so much knowledge of the infrastructure and workings within the city. It's hard to replace that. He has done an outstanding job."

City officials have worked to gather Naught's knowledge of the infrastructure and include it in city information systems over the last two years, Cecil said.

Naught was supervisor when the city switched from providing its own water supply to hooking up with the Medford Water Commission system, which was completed in 2002. A reservoir in the southwest part of town was constructed at that time.

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