Dick Oldenburg, longtime economic development director for Washington, will retire May 31 after 25 years with the city. He was recognized with a public open house reception May 24 at city hall. Dick is shown with his wife Cathie and Mayor Sandy Lucy, left. He was presented with gifts and letters praising his work were read, including those from Sen. Roy Blunt and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer. The mayor read a resolution of appreciation from the city.

After decades of public service, the accolades keep coming for Dick Oldenburg.

Oldenburg has been recognized by the state of Missouri, the city of Washington and now Franklin County for his roles in the county over the past four decades.

Oldenburg served as planning and zoning director for Franklin County for 12 years, from 1975 to 1987.

He then went to work for the city of Washington, where he served as economic development director.

John Griesheimer, Franklin County presiding commissioner, said Oldenburg has been responsible for bringing an “astronomical number of jobs” to the county.

“There are a lot of families that wouldn’t be here (in Franklin County) without your dedication,” Griesheimer said.

The county commission unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday thanking Oldenburg.

“In all positions he held, he brought great credit upon himself, the city of Washington, the county of Franklin and the state of Missouri, as evidenced by the profound impact he has had,” the resolution states.

Oldenburg said he was honored to have worked with elected officials, other public servants and citizens in the county.

“There’s always bumps in the road,” he said.

Oldenburg said his replacement as economic development director, Darren Lamb, was ready for the job.

“Any time a business, and jobs, come to any city in Franklin County, it’s good for all of us,” Commissioner Ann Schroeder said.