April 1, 2015 Edition

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Ditto steps down
as WR street supt.

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

For Walnut Ridge Street Superintendent Rick Ditto, it was not an easy decision to turn in his resignation last week. However, due to some health concerns and lower energy levels, he decided stepping down was the best thing for him and the city.

"It wasn't something I wanted to do," Ditto said. "It's still not something I want to do."

Ditto has been associated with the city of Walnut Ridge for most of his life. He has served with every department, as well as on the city council for more than 10 years.

Recently, Ditto has been on light duty work but he came to the conclusion that he could no longer work the long hours that came with being superintendent. "I need to slow down," he said.

Mayor Charles Snapp said he doesn't know when a new superintendent will be named. "He has a heartfelt passion for the city. You don't find someone like that overnight."

For now, supervisors Shannon Fisher and Bryson Long will split management of the department between the two of them.

Long sent out this message on the city's Facebook page thanking Ditto for his service, "I have enjoyed working with you and learning from you. You will be greatly missed. I pray that your health improves and that you enjoy your life. God bless you and again a big thanks."

Snapp said there should be no changes in the daily operation of the department. He announced citizens should direct future calls or inquiries about streets, sanitation or other related issues to city hall, 870-886-6638 or WRCityHall@att.net.

Ditto will still serve on several committees for the city and help when he can by providing some of the knowledge he has gained over the years of working for the city.

"I still want to do everything I can for the city," Ditto said. "This is our city, and we all should take pride in it."

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