Annapolis Public Works Director William Campbell will retire at the end of the year -- for the third time.
Campbell, 69, has worked for the city for six years, the last four as head of public works. In a letter to Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins this week, Campbell said the job was one of the most enjoyable of his 46-year career.
He said much the same in an interview yesterday.
"It's been an extremely enjoyable and rewarding tour of duty, and I attribute that to the city itself," Campbell said. "I've had good luck with the administrations and the councils I've worked for, and the troops have been pretty great."
Alderman John R. Hammond, R-Ward 1, said Campbell worked well with aldermen and did a good job for the city. "He did a lot of good work reorganizing the public works department and getting things running smoothly," Hammond said.
With 130 employees and a budget of more than $3 million, the public works department is the city's second largest. Only the police department is bigger.
The city's landfill and trash collection, water and sewer, engineering, permits, street signs, road maintenance and snow removal all are handled by the public works department.
Campbell said it was time to take it easy after almost half a century on the job. "My wife and I have decided it's time to pull in our horns and relax a bit," he said.
It is the third time Campbell will retire from government service. A 1944 Naval Academy graduate, he spent three years on destroyers and seven years on submarines before retiring from the Navy on disability in 1954, suffering from a severe foot injury that happened in 1952.
He worked for the DuPont chemical company for 15 years before running Delaware Gov. Russ Peterson's successful gubernatorial campaign in 1968.
After running President Richard M. Nixon's re-election campaign in Delaware in 1972, he worked as a regional administrator for the General Services Administration in Washington, retiring in 1982.