GC Top Public Servant: Henry Amador
July 25, 2012 at 2:25 a.m.
Story by Jessica Rodrigofirstname.lastname@example.org
Like any other boy who grew up during the '50s and '60s, Henry Amador spent parts of his childhood watching television shows like "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza." The main characters were the gun-toting kind who fought the bad guys and helped others. As a child, he imagined growing up to be just like the men in the shows, an officer of the law. Maybe even a Texas Ranger.
"I just wanted to help people," he said.
But when he graduated high school, instead of enlisting in the military, he decided to stay in Yorktown working for various companies. Eventually, he began working for the city's water and wastewater department, and later moved his way up to street superintendent. Amador said he had vigorous training from the previous street superintendent who was retiring after more than 30 years in the field.
"I started taking notes and, little by little, I probably got the hang of it after three or four months," he said.
Amador has served seven years as the street superintendent and a total 32 years with Yorktown. He oversees a team of four men who, together, maintain the quality of the sidewalks, ditches, pipelines, streets and other city responsibilities.
Robert Mendez worked with Amador in the field before taking the position as Yorktown's city administrator, and remembered how hard it was to leave the crew.
"He's the type of guy who goes above and beyond to get the job done," Mendez said about Amador. "He helps who he can whenever he can."
The two have worked together for 18 years and consult each other whenever they need an extra hand with work orders. The only difference now is that one has an office and the other has a work truck.
"I'm more of a field guy," Amador said. "I couldn't handle the phone calls they get in here. I take my hat off to them."
Pat Nelson, who served a term as mayor in Yorktown, nominated Amador for his leadership and called him a "treasure to Yorktown."
"He deserves some recognition for his many years of service to the citizens of Yorktown," Nelson said.
Without the help of the city and members of the community, he wouldn't be able to do his job.
"I want to thank them all for everything, we're like family here."
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