Friday May 22nd
Marty Basta Announces his Retirement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 2, 2014
CONTACT: Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417
PARK AND RECREATION DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
AFTER 35 YEARS OF SERVICE
GREAT FALLS, Montana – After serving the City for 35 years, Marty Basta has announced his retirement. Marty started his career with the City of Great Falls in 1979, as a heavy equipment operator in the Public Works Department making just over $7 an hour! For the past six years, he has been the Park and Recreation Director, however prior to his current position he held a number of other jobs with the City including Operations Manager for Public Works, Streets/Sanitation Supervisor and Assistant Streets Supervisor as well as a truck driver for Public Works.
Marty explains that he had a better appreciation and understanding for what his employees were facing because he started his career as a line employee in the organization. Marty explains, “It says a lot about Great Falls as an organization, that we recognize and reward hard work – employees do have the opportunity to advance up the ranks throughout the organization. I’m the perfect example; I started my career as a heavy equipment operator and am retiring as a department head.”
Over the years he has served as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Public Works Association and was recognized twice as the organization’s Man of the Year. While working in Public Works he developed the City’s Streets Maintenance District, which provides funding for needed street improvement projects, and wrote the City’s Snow and Ice Control Plan. He also helped create the State’s Snow Rodeo, now celebrating its 25th year.
If you were to ask Marty what has been the most rewarding or challenging part of his thirty plus years in local government, he would tell you it has been his time in the Park and Recreation Department. Over the past six years, he’s had the opportunity to work on developing the West Bank Master Plan and completing the Hurd Tennis Courts and Centene Stadium Improvements.
Being with the City over three decades, Marty has seen a lot of changes. He has worked for five different City Managers with eleven Mayors and has witnessed significant changes in how the organization does business. Marty had this to say about his coworkers, “It has been a pleasure working with the City’s Department Heads and Management Staff – they are a supportive group of individuals, very progressive and professional. I’m leaving this organization knowing that it is in good hands.”
Marty graduated from Belt High School in 1972, attended DeVry University in Phoenix, and has been happily married to Deb for 37 years. He has four grown daughters: Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth and Molly. Marty is looking forward to enjoying his retirement. This summer he and his wife will be traveling and he plans on taking time to enjoy the great Montana outdoors more including – fishing, hiking, boating as well as spending time with his family. And, if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he talks about volunteering and part-time opportunities.
When Marty was asked to reflect on his time at the City he had this to say, “I’m very proud of Great Falls. This is a community that is generous and is supportive of each other. My family has been here for four generations and it has been a privilege to serve the residents of Great Falls.”
According to City Manager Doyon, “Marty has been a tremendous asset to this organization. We are very sorry to see him go, but wish him the best in his retirement.” Marty’s last day of work will be Friday, May 16, which is also his 60th birthday. The City of Great Falls wishes Marty the best in his retirement and thanks him for his service.