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St. Martinville Man Retires From DOTD After 67 Years on the Job

I thought it was an achievement to be in the same industry for 30 years, but this story puts me to shame.

A man from the parish of St. Martin recently retired from his job after 67 years. 67!!

Officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development took time to recognize the Acadiana man for his years of service.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson thanks Roland Babin of St. Martinville for his years of service to the state.

In the video, Secretary Wilson begins by happily taking the time to recognize the more than 4,000 employees at the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for their “hard work, dedication and service” to the state.

According to the video, Mr. Babin began working for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in June 1955. He was a student and employee when he started, becoming a permanent staff member of the department that same year.

His original mandatory designation was Engineer’s Aide, and over the years and after receiving much on-the-job training, Mr. Babin has climbed the DOTD ladder.

via DOTD Facebook

via DOTD Facebook

He worked his way up to Engineer Technician (Level 7) and was then promoted to District-Wide Maintenance Specialist.

Mr. Babin was responsible for all DOTD buildings and state highways in the 8 Parish area that makes up District 3.

Although Mr Babin had worked his way up to a supervisory position, Secretary Wilson said he still had a hands-on approach to the job.

Throughout his tenure, he has used his surveying, construction, inspection, and community nurturing skills to train the many new young people who came to the department after him. – LADOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson, via Facebook

Secretary Wilson says Mr. Babin’s approach to helping others with education made a lasting impression not only on District 03 but on the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development as a whole.

Even at the age of 85, Mr. Babin could still be seen on the job sites, often with a shovel in hand, helping and giving directions when needed.

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

Secretary Wilson admits that the LA DOTD has received awards for many of the projects completed with Mr. Babin’s involvement.

Mr Babin goes above and beyond in everything he does, according to Secretary Wilson.

How long has Mr. Babin worked for the LA DOTD? Long enough to have helped build the interstate system that runs through our area.

Mr. Babin retired last July after an incredible 67 years from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

via DOTD Facebook

via DOTD Facebook

Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Babin, and thank you for your nearly 7 decades of service.

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