Herren retiring from WYDOT after 32 1/2 years to join Lander construction firm

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riverton senior engineering technician Kent Herren is retiring Friday, Aug. 8 from the Wyoming Department of Transportation with 32 1/2 years of service.

Herren was hired in 1979 as a survey helper in Lovell. He joined WYDOT full-time in 1985 in Cheyenne as a quality control worker in the materials laboratory. He moved to Riverton in 1989. He was promoted to his present transportation technician position 20 years ago.

“I’ve seen many major changes, including improvements in surveying equipment, from transits and chains to GPS,” Herren said.

One of the highlights of Herren’s career was working as a nighttime project supervisor on the Togwotee Trail highway improvement project. “I’m grateful for being able to work on the Togwotee Pass projects,” he said. “It was a great experience.”

Herren recalls fondly his WYDOT family, including long-time Riverton employees Serene Nordwick, Ron Hoffman, Scott Nolting and Davi Duran. “We’ve all been here for many years. Someone has to start the trend of us old guys leaving,” he said.

Herren and his wife, Deb, have two children and seven grandchildren.

Herren will celebrate his retirement at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, with a cake and coffee reception at WYDOT’s office in Riverton. A second party for Herren is Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Riverton Elks Lodge in Riverton.

Herren begins a new chapter in his career next week when he joins Lander-based Patrick Construction as a surveyor and project manager.