John Hays retired as director of the public works department Sept. 7. He was honored by the Village Board at the start of its Sept. 4 meeting at Village Hall.
Hays began working for the village in 1971 as a member of the . He was trained a state certified Fire Fighter II and became the village’s first registered EMT. From 1973 to 1976, Hays was also employed seasonally at the public works department, where he accepted a full time job in December 1976. He was appointed as public works supervisor in 1980 and promoted to director in 1988.
Hays has contributed significantly to the Village of Clarendon Hills by overseeing substantial improvements in the village’s forestry, roadways, water utility, storm water utility, sidewalks, public buildings and more.