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Burch, who manages the life insurance division at the
"I've learned to exist in the political world," said Burch, who intends to remain two more years.
Zimmerman, who began his career with the
He recalled chipping through 18 inches of frozen ground to test soil composition for a highway project near
"There was a dust storm with 82 mile per hour winds," Zimmerman said. "The next day it turned around and came back at 78 miles an hour."
He held a series of positions in the transportation agency, but never found the pull of a private-sector job strong enough to vacate.
"There were only a couple times I thought of transferring," Zimmerman said.
Brownback lauded the roster of state employees who dedicated much of their lives to government work.
"They're fabulous," he said. "They've given that amount of life and dedication to the state. We're got a great work force. We've got a dedicated work force. I'm proud of them, and their families are proud of them."
The third person to reach the 50-year mark was
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