Walrod retires from Nebraska Department of Transportation

Ray Walrod, highway maintenance superintendant, retired from the Nebraska Department of Transportation after 45 years, or as he put it, “44 years, five months and 25 days.”
    Walrod began working at the Nebraska Department of Roads in 1973 as a maintenance worker. From there, he moved up to crew chief, supervisor, and for the last 23 years, superintendent.
    The Department of Roads changed their name on July 1, 2017 to Nebraska Department of Transportation.
    “I applied there to get better pay and good benefits,” he said.
    His starting pay was $2.10 an hour and gas was 35 cents a gallon at that time, he laughed.
    Walrod said he has had the privilege of being a part of several memorable opportunities and honors during his time with the state.
    About 10 years ago, he was one of a number of members from across Nebraska selected to serve on the Awards and Recognition Agency Panel. Their mission was to honor workers who lost their lives during the course of their jobs  with the Department of Transportation.
    “It was a very interesting and challenging job in which we had the opportunity to work with the governor’s office,” Walrod said.
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