Earl Grigsby will retire on April 1, and Loudoun will be hard-pressed to find another one quite like him.
Grigsby is the county government’s public works superintendent. He started working for the county 44 years ago as a laborer at the landfill and he goes out with a standing ovation in the county boardroom.
“Earl has been an anchor for me for the last year,” said Ernie Brown, director of the Department of General Services. “Whenever I needed anything, not only did Earl deliver, he made sure that I understood what was needed and how it was to be done, because after 44 years of making it happen, he knew how to get it done.”
Grigsby was honored with a resolution from the Board of Supervisors, presented to him during its March 17 meeting surrounded by coworkers and family.
“His mature and thoughtful decisions and inner strength allow him to lead the crew with respect,” reads the resolution. “This is most apparent in emergency situations where he projects a calming influence and focuses on getting the job done safely.”
“I have enjoyed these 44 years working for Loudoun County, and one of the things I truly believe, if you treat people the way you want to be treated, you’ll always get through the job,” Grigsby said.