Employment longevity for Los Alamos County employees is now being measured in “Hubers.” For example, someone retiring after the standard 25-year career is said to have half a Huber.
“She is the standard for longevity at the county, and that standard continues to grow,” said Joseph D’Anna, deputy chief financial officer.
That is because Shirley Huber just celebrated 50 years with the county. She was hired in 1965 — three years before the county was even incorporated.
“The one constant in this county since its inception is Shirley,” D’Anna said.
The actual date of Huber’s hire was Nov. 16, 1965, but the head of Huber’s division, Information Management Manager Laura Gonzales, asked Huber to move the date of her party up to sometime before Gonzales herself retires in October. Huber chose July 23, which also happens to be her birthday.
“I used to always tease her that I was going to retire before she did, and she’s like, ‘Oh, no.’ And here it is, and I’m going to retire before she does,” Gonzales said.
Technically, Huber could retire tomorrow and still have logged in 50 years with all her accumulated sick leave — almost 4,000 hours — and vacation leave.