Aug 21, 2014 - From staff reportsRiverton senior engineering technician Kent Herren retired Aug. 8 from the Wyoming Department of Transportation after more than 32 years of service.
Herren was hired in 1979 as a survey helper in Lovell. He joined WyDOT full-time in 1985 in Cheyenne as a quality control worker in the materials laboratory.
He moved to Riverton in 1989 and was promoted to his present transportation technician position 20 years ago.
"I've seen many major changes, including improvements in surveying equipment, from transits and chains to GPS," Herren said.
One of the highlights of Herren's career was working as a nighttime project supervisor on the Togwotee trail highway improvement project.
"I'm grateful for being able to work on the Togwotee Pass projects," he said. "It was a great experience."
Herren said he will remember fondly his WyDOT family, including longtime Riverton employees Serene Nordwick, Ron Hoffman, Scott Nolting and Davi Duran.
"We've all been here for many years," he said. "Someone has to start the trend of us old guys leaving."
Herren and his wife, Deb, have two children and seven grandchildren.
Herren will begin a new chapter in his career when he joins Lander-based Patrick Construction as a surveyor and project manager.
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