City Manger Dan McKeen, right, joins meter reader Steve Dryke on his route before he retired.

City Manger Dan McKeen, right, joins meter reader Steve Dryke on his route before he retired.

Port Angeles meter reader retires after 41 years

PORT ANGELES — His career was a long walk.

Meter Reader Steve Dryke, city meter reader, has retired after more than 41 years of service.

Over the course of his career, Dryke has walked over 157,500 miles, equivalent to 6.33 times around the circumference of the Earth, and has recorded more than 3,600,000 meter readings, city officials said. As a send-off, City Manager Dan McKeen joined Dryke for a portion of one of his last routes.

The City Council recently presented him with a proclamation, acknowledging him for his dedication to the community.

While he was with the Port Angeles Street Department, Dryke assisted with moving the Rayonier Engine to its current Lauridsen Boulevard location.

Now that he has retired, he hopes to use some of his time to clean up the area around the Rayonier Engine. He also wants to work with local groups on the future restoration of the local landmark.

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