CHATHAM, NJ - Joe Zbesko received a standing ovation for his 29 years of service with Chatham Borough's Department of Public Works on Monday when his retirement was recognized with a resolution by the Borough of Chatham Council.

Council president Vicki Fife read the resolution honoring Zbesko into the record and mentioned how much she would miss his ever-present "smile."

Joe Zbesko receives his resolution from Borough of Chatham Council upon his retirement

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Zbesko, who will officially retire at the end of the month, began his tenure with the Chatham Borough DPW in 1988 as a serviceman and was elevated to equipment operator in 2006.

The resolution read in part: Whereas through 29 years of service to the Borough, Joe has been called upon many, many times in the middle of the night, and in all weather conditions, whether to respond to water main breaks, plow snow-covered streets and sidewalks to ensure safe passage for early morning commuters and motorists, or to clear storm damaged areas...