First Person: County maintenance man

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lee Delk says his life is his grandchildren.

Lee Delk has been dubbed the king of poo. As Curry County’s maintenance supervisor he and his crew of six are responsible for the maintenance of all county buildings and property, including the roof tops of many of the buildings where pigeons choose to roost.

On the job: I take a lot of pride in my job. What I took from my predecessor is that the most important thing about this job is that it’s not just about the buildings, it’s about the people. And not just the employees but everyone who uses them.

Motto: Just remember, every silver lining has a dark cloud. I try not to stress the negative, but be about as positive and upbeat as I can be. We’re going to be here for a little while, we need to make the most of it.

Off the job: My life is my grandkids. If I could have I would have skipped the whole first step. Anything goes with my grandkids. I spoil them. My 9-year-old grandson will be spending the summer with me this year so I’m excited about that. We’ll do whatever he wants to do. He likes to fish and ride motorcycles. I don’t do the latter, but I don’t mind watching him.

In the beginning: I began working for the county in 1998. I was hired as an electrical contractor to do a structure rewire. I knew I was in trouble when no one else showed up. But we got that done and they never let me leave.

Renewed faith: I was baptized this past Easter Sunday and it changed my whole outlook. I’ve always had a deep faith but that takes the self out of it.

Leaving a legacy: I want to leave (the county courthouse) in better shape than when I took over maintenance, and it was in pretty good shape then. But I want my successor to experience what I’ve experienced. My job is rewarding. This is a classy building.

— Compiled by Liliana Castillo