VALDOSTA -- After 36 years in Valdosta's Engineering Department, Herman Coppage retired as assistant engineer. Mayor John Fretti and the City Council recognized his retirement Thursday night by awarding him with a gold ring containing the city's seal.

"Herman has been an exceptional employee who has been willing to go beyond the call of duty on almost a daily basis," Fretti said.

Herman began working as a survey helper in 1969 after he graduated from high school, and after serving with the military he returned as a construction inspector in 1972.

Coppage received numerous promotions that included the positions of construction engineer, assistant city engineer and acting city engineer.

Fretti said he met Coppage through Neighborhood Watch and noticed he was well-respect by citizens.

"I was always impressed with his willingness and depth of knowledge," Fretti said.

"His laughter and good nature will be missed."

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