After almost 21 years of service to Wharton County, fix-it man Paul Shannon will now have time to fix things at home. He’s retiring from his supervisor position for the Wharton County Maintenance Department.
He said his wife of 38 years, Patty, couldn’t be happier. As maintenance supervisor, Shannon has been on call 24 hours, seven days a week for 29 years and nine months. His tenure came to an end at 12:01 a.m., Jan. 1.
“I have been called out to perform emergency fix-it jobs on Christmas Eve night, numerous times after midnight, weekends, holidays, vacation days, etc.,” Shannon said. “In this position, you’re never really off duty.”
The project that brings the fondest memories for Shannon is his part in restoring the Wharton County Courthouse to its original beauty in 2007. He was involved in the project from beginning to the completion.
He has found great enjoyment in this profession, although now at age 63, arthritis is making it more difficult to get the job done, he said.
“I like fixing mechanical things, and trying to take care of 15 government buildings has been a great way to enjoy coming to work,” he said.
Shannon is grateful for the work that his assistant, Frank Olsovsky, has provided. “I could not have had a better worker than Frank,” said Shannon.
Patty Shannon, who was in attendance when Paul received a recognition plaque for his years of service, said his new job is a “honey-do” list at home. The Shannons have one son Preston, 32. Paul Shannon’s father, Frank, was a justice of the peace. He passed away in 2003, and has a building named after him in Precinct 1 – Wharton.