Street Commissioner David Downey to retire

West Lafayette Street Commissioner Dave Downey retiring.
West Lafayette Street Commissioner Dave Downey retiring.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette Street Commissioner David Downey will be retiring after 34 years as commissioner.

Downey will be turning 66 soon and said it’s time to move on. Downey has worked for the city for 38 years. He spent four years working with the parks department before becoming street commissioner.

Downey said former West Lafayette Mayor Sonya Margerum was the reason he took the position.

“Margerum came around and said, ‘Would you like to do the street department,’ I said no. Many times, I said no. Finally, I said yes and I’ve been here ever since,” said Downey.

June 27 will be Downey’s last day.

He said he will spend his time out in his garden, at a golf course and around the house, so his wife can have a new kitchen.

West Lafayette has yet to name a successor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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