The City of Hope celebrated its own on Friday with an all-employee holiday luncheon at Hempstead Hall, where most of the 102 city employees enjoyed a lunch as well as December paychecks.

The City of Hope celebrated its own on Friday with an all-employee holiday luncheon at Hempstead Hall, where most of the 102 city employees enjoyed a lunch as well as December paychecks.
City Manager Catherine Cook said part of the tradition originated with a state law that says city employees must be hand-delivered their checks once a year, and Cook herself had her table set up just outside the receiving line for the employees handing out the envelopes with checks with Police Chief JR Wilson next to her.
For some city employees, it was an interesting moment to meet Cook face to face as several of them were introduced to her in person for the first time during Friday’s event, including one of Wilson’s dispatchers.
Hope Mayor Steve Montgomery thanked the employees for their service, saying “I appreciate you guys very, very much.  There are citizens out there that appreciate you very, very much as well. The staff of 102 employees that we have are taking care of a town of 10,000 people.”
“We are going to continue on this path we are going; we are going to try to make Hope the best place that we can. We need to keep working and working hard every day towards that,” he said.
Also attending were former Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey as well as city board members Don Hall, Don Still, Mark Ross, and Kiffenea Talley.