Mike Foley is taking a simple stance on his retirement from public service in Colonie.
He said looking back on his decades of work, he is simply thankful for the opportunity to provide an honest living for me and my family.
He said he will stay busy, not let his mind go dull and continue to hone his cooking skills, but retirement is a welcome change.
Foley, 58, has worked in the Town of Colonie in a number of capacities since 1970. He has been personnel officer in the Civil Service Department for 28 years. He was eligible to retire three years ago, but said he felt now was the right time for him to step down.
His last day of work was Friday, Dec. 18.
Members of the Town Board thanked Foley for his years of service at the Thursday, Dec. 3, meeting. Board members wished him well and noted he was a "true professional" when it came to town business.
"We thank him for his many years of contributions to the town of Colonie," said Supervisor Paula Mahan. "We wish him well."
Mahan said that no decision has been made on filling the position left vacant with Foley's retirement.
"It's a busy time of the year," she said. "We're exploring all of our options."
She said a more solid plan is likely to be formed after New Year's Day.
Foley started his career as a custodian in the Colonie Memorial Town Hall. That building housed his office until the day he retired.
"I basically built the place," he quipped.
As the days of Foley's tenure began winding down, the walls on his soon-to-be-vacant office were sparse, but his recollection of events, people and his time in Colonie were plentiful.
As a member of the Youth Bureau, which was newly formed when he began full-time work in 1973, Foley looks back fondly on the opportunity to counsel families through difficult times, including those in family court, juvenile delinquents and Persons In Need of Supervision, or PINS.