The Tyler City Council kicked off its meeting on Wednesday, recognizing the retirement of Diego Varona, a four-month-old who proudly served the city for three months.
Diego was a member of the Babies at Work program along with his mother, Amber Rojas-Varona, principal of Tyler’s Main Street.
The Babies at Work program began in 2021 as an initiative to improve employee work-life integration by recognizing the responsibility of parents and guardians to their work and family.
The program supports city staff in their transition to parenthood by allowing them to take their children to work until they are 6 months old.
In addition, the City Council recognized the following employees for their years of service and commitment to the city of Tyler:
- Police Officer John Weaver for 30 years of service
- Police Officer Emerson Jasper for 25 years of service
- Senior Fire Captain Andy King for 25 years of service
- Firefighter Matthew Hawk for 25 years of service
The Council thanked the recipients for their 105.5 years of combined service.
“We hope you all stay here for another 25 to 30 years,” Mayor Don Warren said. “You are all a great example of how young people come to the state. You like loyalty, you show that you like where you work. We are glad that you are working for the benefit of the city, and we look forward to the future together with all of you.”