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Marty Basta Retiring, City Employees Give Thanks

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GREAT FALLS - "Marty Basta has been our Parks and Recreation director for the last six years, but has had a lengthy career at the City of Great Falls, but he has actually been a testament of hard work and dedication and how the city can actually reward that. He's accomplished a lot of different things over his career," said Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt.

It was announced yesterday that Great Falls Parks and Recreation Director Marty Basta is retiring. Employed by the city for 35 years, Basta served in many roles. Reichelt stated that "he was a truck driver, he was a street sanitation supervisor, he was an Operations Manager he's done a lot of different things."

Those are only a few of the positions Basta has held. Reichelt also mentioned many of his more recent contributions to the city.

She said, "he helped do a lot of improvements over at Centene Stadium. He helped complete the West Bank Park's Improvement Plan, and then we look back at Public Works to. I mean he was there for a large part of his career, probably close to 30 years. Our snow and ice control plan he helped create and draft. Our streets maintenance district he actually created, so we owe a lot to Marty."

More of Basta's co-workers were very praising of his work ethic. Training and Development Coordinator Mark Willmarth said "when you think about being a great public servant, I think Marty has given a lot to this community." City Human Resources Manager Linda Williams said "he's a well respected colleague. I followed his trend during his career when started out as a heavy equipment operator, and then he pretty much was up to any task that he was asked to do. So he was promoted within Public Works."

And the many gifts of thanks didn't end there.

Willmarth reflected that "Marty loved Great Falls, he loved the community."

Williams said "Marty has a heart of gold."

A special going away event will be held for Basta at Gibson Park on the 16th and everybody is welcome to come.
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