Atherton: Troy Henderson retires after 35 years


Troy Henderson, Atherton's public works supervisor, is retiring this Thursday, June 30, after 35 years of working for the town. Although he had planned to work another year, he had, along with 12 other employees, received a pink slip last month, and may have been laid off July 15.

Mr. Henderson, 61, said the retirement was his choice, but that as the union was engaged in an urgent effort to negotiate staff concessions to save jobs on the chopping block -- including with early retirements -- he felt pressure to end his career in Atherton.

"They needed someone to be retired," he told the Almanac, adding that because of his age and years of service, he was a likely candidate. But "it's sad not to go out on my own terms. It hurts ... but that's the way it is."

The town notified 13 employees in the building and public works department of its intent to lay them off late last month, and began the process of outsourcing the services they provide, seeking proposals from private companies.

Since then, the union has offered concessions ranging from early retirement and employee furloughs to higher employee contributions to benefits.

The union and the town were scheduled to meet on June 27 to further discuss the proposal.

Mr. Henderson started his work with the town as a general laborer, and went on to be public works supervisor. "If it's been done in this town, I've done it," he said.

In 2008, he was accused by Atherton police officer Pilar Ortiz-Buckley of assault and battery after an incident that occurred in the police station staff room. A jury returned a "not guilty" verdict in July 2009.

Mr. Henderson said he has "nothing to say about all that," but in discussing his tenure with the town, he said: "I've been through a lot in the last 35 years. ... I've had some really bad heartaches in this town -- people lie about you, they fabricate about you, but I've always just kept my head up."

In spite of the heartaches, Mr. Henderson said that he loves Atherton, "and I wish the town the best of luck." He regrets that the town is heading in the direction of outsourcing and laying off employees who have "given their all to it, who love this town so much."

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Posted by OK
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

They all lied 6+ times? Outsourcing will be good for the town.

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Posted by Local contractor
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

In all the towns I have worked in over 30 years of building houses I have never dealt with a worse public employee than Troy. [Portion removed; see terms of use] Besides being a poor public works inspector he was a costly embarrassment to the town with all the internal harassment complaints. Search his name in these archives if you have any doubt. Web Link

Good riddance!

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

The APD has been trying to get rid of Troy for years because he knew too many of their little secrets, Officer Pilar Buckly was actively encouraged to take the Town for what ever she could get as long as she took Troy out with her. She got her $250,00 pay off out of the Town per this arrangement, but the Jury just laughed her case out of court.
There are Plenty of people who feel really terrible about all of this Troy, you have to remember this always. Please just ignore the hurtful comments above made by spiteful contractors who didn't always get whatever they wanted as they pillaged their way through Town.

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Posted by Lisa Lamb
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I would like to personally thank Troy for his many years of service to the town of Atherton. He will be greatly missed by many of us, many of us who live and work here. I will miss seeing him on the streets of Atherton.

I too am one of those people who feels terrible about what is happening to our public works department and our building department employees. No one should have this happen to them, especially those working in a town like Atherton.

I wish all the town employees good luck in whatever they do next and thank them again for a job well done.

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Posted by Show some class
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

I'm disappointed by the pot shots that have been taken at this 35-year employee with his retirement announcement. Personally I have to think that a quarter of a million dollars for whatever happened in that break room, on video tape (yet the jury said no dice) should have been sufficient consideration to move on. I hope no current police officers are behind these comments as they should more than anyone respect the findings of a jury or a judge since they are part of the criminal justice 2themselves, by choice, and well paid for it.

Mr. Henderson, thank you for 35 years and sorry for the undignified and petty remarks.

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Posted by Steve C
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Congratulations Troy! As a few above have said, let the petty remarks just flow down that channel that runs through the Town. You and I both know what really went on (and continues to go on) in that Town.

'All the Best' in your retirement....and GOOD FISHING!!!


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Posted by Local contractor
a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

"Show", Lisa and Steve, have you looked at his record of harassment prior to that particular trial? 16 sexual-harassment complaints filed against Mr. Henderson by Atherton town staff members prior to this last one. 16! But they must all be liars right? Really?

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Posted by IKNOW
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Troy congratulations - you've given it all you had to give -

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