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  • Robert Young retires after more than 40 years at work

    When Robert Young started working for the Department of Transportation, Jimmy Carter was president, Wesley Bolin was governor, and someone named K.S. Scharman was the County Administrator.

    Last Thursday was Young’s final day with Pima County, retiring as Manager of Technical Services with Pima County Department of Transportation after 40 years with Pima County. Young

    “I’ve been fortunate,” Young said. “I’ve really enjoyed working for the County.” 

    Young began his tenure with Transportation in the late 1970s, shortly after another long-serving County employee. 

    “We used to call him ‘Fast’ Robert as a bit of a tease because he was so precise and methodical in his work; you couldn’t rush him” said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, who was head of the Transportation Department in 1977 when Young was hired. “But there’s a very good reason he worked for the County for over 40 years – he was good at his job. He was always very calm; you could never get him excited and he never raised his voice. He was a good guy and I wish him well in his retirement.”

    Over the years, Young said a lot has changed in the County. The most significant change, Young said, has been the transition from an analog, paper-based world to an all-digital system. 

    “The biggest change has been in technology; everything used to be done by hand,” he recalled. 

    Over his years of service, Young also has seen some dramatic changes to the regional transportation network. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Young dedicated nearly all of his efforts to the “corridor” projects. 

    Those projects, which completed extensions of Golf Links Road, Alvernon Way, Valencia Road and Kolb Road through Davis Monthan Air Force Base, dramatically changed how residents drive through the region. 

    “I worked basically fulltime on that only,” Young said. 

    Young is originally from Albuquerque. He earned a civil engineering degree from the University of New Mexico. 

    After college he worked for a few years in the private sector in the Phoenix area. After a job opened up with Pima County Department of Transportation, Young decided to make the move to Tucson. While most of his career has been in Transportation, Young did work in Development Services for about 14 years. 

    Young said he plans to work on a few projects around his house after he retires. But don’t expect Young to stay away for long. Once he’s done with his projects, he plans to start work again, he just hasn’t decided where yet. 
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