‘Slim’ Wilson retires after 23 years with city
In 1960, employees of the old Meyer's Dairy, located on Parallel Road in Basehor, gave a nickname to a 6-foot-1, 140-pound co-worker.
Appropriately, they nicknamed him Slim.
Today, 43 years later, Meyer's Dairy isn't around but the nickname for that employee is. Some people may not know who Donald Wilson is, but almost everyone knows Slim.
Wilson, 63, a long-time Basehor resident, has been an employee of the city of Basehor, serving in various capacities, for the past 23 years. He will officially retire Friday, Oct. 24.
"It's just always stuck with me," Wilson said of his moniker. "It's followed me around from then on."
Wilson's tenure with the city included a stint in the public works department; he has continually served as animal control officer and part-time police officer. He said he's always felt comfortable working for his hometown municipality.
"I always liked the job and I always liked the people," Wilson said.
As animal control officer, he's come across just about all the native wildlife and has gotten the bruises to prove it.
"I've gotten calls for just about everything, bobcats, mountain lions, deer, dogs, cats, skunks and snakes," he said.
And don't forget perhaps the most unusual call in his 23 years, an ostrich running loose at the Basehor Shopping Center. Catching that animal should have included hazard pay.
"He kicked me up pretty bad," Wilson said. "I had bruises all over. I won't miss that part."
Wilson said he plans to spend his retirement relaxing and traveling.
A replacement animal control officer has not yet been found, but if residents need any assistance, Wilson said don't dial his number. He's retired and said he plans to spend some time using a gift he received Monday, Oct. 20 during a reception in his honor at Basehor City Hall.
The gift was a rocking chair.