By Conrad Dudderar
Two veteran City of Yukon personnel have been recognized for their distinguished municipal service.
David Buller and Tammy Kretchmar on Jan. 4 were presented 25-year service pins from the Oklahoma Municipal League.
Buller works in the streets division of Yukon Public Works. Kretchmar is Yukon’s city manager.
The awards were offered by El Reno Mayor Matt White, who represents District 8 on OML’s board of directors.
“If you’ve ever been in public service, 25 years is a long time,” White said at the Jan. 4th Yukon City Council meeting. “And it’s a long, hard time.
“Public service is a calling. That’s what it is. I know these people are dedicated to serve the public.”
Buller and Kretchmar over the past 25 years “have absolutely seen Yukon grow to its full potential – and there’s a lot more to go, it looks like to me,” White noted.
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Buller was honored first during the OML awards presentation inside the council chambers of the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.
“Twenty-five years is quite an accomplishment, and we really appreciate everything you’ve done,” White told Buller. “Thank you for helping public service grow, and Yukon grow.”
Kretchmar, an Okarche native, started with Yukon Parks & Recreation in 1996 before moving to the administration department. She spent 10 years as assistant city manager and has been city manager since January 2021.
“You have absolutely taken Yukon to the next level,” White told Yukon’s chief city administrator. “Your care for the employees, your care for the community and your care for everybody in this community is just unwavering.
“Tammy is probably one of the most respected people in municipal government, in the state. I trust her judgment and go to her sometimes in counsel. I really appreciate everything she’s done for Canadian County and Yukon.”
The audience inside the Centennial Building gave both Buller and Kretchmar hearty rounds of applause for their 25-year distinction.