An employee of Sebastian County for nearly two decades will be moving into retirement later this year.
Sam Ortega, 65, is retiring as building engineer/supervisor for Sebastian County on Nov. 30. A Fort Smith resident, Ortega has been working with the county since 1998, getting his start in general maintenance labor.
As time progressed, Ortega said he acquired more seniority. This, combined with his work habits and other qualities, eventually put him in different positions of authority. Ortega described his work habits as the following:
“… Just try to be honest, diligent,” Ortega said. “I wouldn’t ask anybody else to do anything that I wouldn’t consider doing myself, and I’m a people person. I enjoy being with people, and I like things to go smooth, but it don’t always do that, but majority it does.”
Ortega said he has worked as building engineer/supervisor for four years.
Sebastian County Judge David Hudson said Ortega is the head of the county facilities maintenance department. The responsibilities of his position include, but are not limited to, overseeing the maintenance of the county’s various mechanical systems, responding to breakdowns, planning projects and working with administrative staff and Hudson to make priorities on what they are going to do to take care of county properties, as well as assessing the properties.
“… And over the last several years, we’ve worked very closely in coordination with the sheriff and the jail detention staff to improve how we support maintenance of the jail, juvenile detention center and those properties,” Hudson said. “So Sam’s been…
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