Rockport bids adieu to veteran employees

Friday was the formal transition day for the Rockport's planning office. Bill Najpauer (left) is the town's new planning and community development director. He succeeds Tom Ford (right) who worked his final day Friday after 13 years.
Friday was the formal transition day for the Rockport's planning office. Bill Najpauer (left) is the town's new planning and community development director. He succeeds Tom Ford (right) who worked his final day Friday after 13 years. Buy Photo
Posted June 03, 2013, at 12:03 p.m.
Retiring Rockport Fire Chief Bruce Woodward (left) is handed a framed copy of the town's annual report that was dedicated to him on Friday afternoon. The report was presented by Rockport Selectman Bill Chapman.
Retiring Rockport Fire Chief Bruce Woodward (left) is handed a framed copy of the town's annual report that was dedicated to him on Friday afternoon. The report was presented by Rockport Selectman Bill Chapman.

ROCKPORT, Maine — Two longtime town employees celebrated their final day of work Friday as family and co-workers shared cake and laughs.

Fire Chief Bruce Woodward ended his 42-year public service career with the town fire department and Tom Ford reviewed his final building plan after 13 years as planning and community development director.

Woodward’s career has been legendary in terms of his longevity. On March 30, the town honored the chief with a Bruce Woodward Day that included a parade. The town’s final honor was given on Friday as William Chapman, the chairman of the Rockport Selectboard, announced that the town’s annual report was dedicated to Woodward. The outgoing chief was given the first copy of this year’s report.

The dedication noted that many of Woodward’s work is done under the radar.

“Many basements have been pumped out of water, house calls have been made to check things over, and just people that wanted a visit from Bruce,” the dedication stated.

Stepping into Woodward’s boots is Jason Peasley. Peasley had been fire chief in neighboring Lincolnville for three years.

Also sharing the limelight on Friday at the Rockport Town Office was Ford.

Ford has been working for the past two weeks with his successor — Bill Najpauer who was had served in the similar position in Waldoboro for a little more than a year.

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