Les Burshten is retiring after 32 years as Cottage Grove Director of Public Works.
When I chaired the Public Works Commission, I would meet with Les regularly. He didn’t have to spend so much time with me but he did; educating me on all the issues we’d bring to the commission, giving me background, history, alternatives, and of course stories. Every meeting included Les saying, “Just one more thing and then I’ll let you go” several times.
During his 32 years at Public Works, the city has grown, added miles of roads to be plowed in the winter and maintained in the spring and summer, added wells, water towers, and increased staff.
Les will be missed but he’s leaving the department in great shape for incoming Director Ryan Burfeind. Les recently told me that they’ve always had great people at Public Works but right now, top to bottom they are the best they’ve ever had.
I was honored to present Les with a House Resolution at his final City Council meeting tonight, honoring his legacy and wishing him and his wife of 50 years, Judy, well in retirement.