Street Commissioner David Downey to retire

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.

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