TULSA, Okla. – Chances are, Levon McClellan has repaired or supervised the repair of a water line or fire hydrant in almost any area of Tulsa. McClellan, a Field Supervisor in Public Works Water Distribution Systems, is retiring this week after 41 years of service.
His retirement party will be held Wednesday, April 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 5605 S. Garnett Road.
When McClellan started as a crew member in the City of Tulsa “water department,” City Hall had just moved to the Civic Center. McClellan, however, spent most of his time “in the field,” repairing water lines and fire hydrants. He worked his way up to Crew Leader and later to Field Supervisor, from which he is retiring. His last day will be Friday, April 16.
“It’s been a really good place to work,” McClellan said. “I’ll miss it here … although I won’t miss getting up at four o’clock every morning to start work by six o’clock.”
McClellan was a one-year newlywed in 1969 when he heard from a friend that the City was hiring. He figured he’d stay at the City for “a few paychecks.” It turned out to be more than a few.
He’s also stayed married to the same woman, Charles Ann, for 42 years. They have two children and two grandchildren.
McClellan’s plans for retirement include traveling and fishing, but definitely not getting up at four in the morning.