Little Rock District US Army Corps of Engineers employee Brenda L. Bishop retired Friday after completing more than 37 years of federal service.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Bishop said. “I love the fact that I’m not going to work everyday, but there are a lot of friends I’m leaving behind.”
Bishop started her federal career as a temporary clerk typist for the
Corps’ Real Estate organization. She later worked for Occupational Safety & Health Administration, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock and Army Recruiting before continuing her career with the Corps in 1982 in the Office of Administrative Services, before continuing work as a Management Analyst in the Resource Management Office.
Jeff Wilbanks, a former co-worker and employer of Bishops at the Little Rock District US Army Corps of Engineers, said Bishop was instrumental in training, conflict management, problem solving, work scheduling, employee innovation and ideas.
In 1999, Brenda was assigned to the Programs and Project Management Division, and promoted in 2007 to a senior level Program Analyst position. During that period she also served two terms as President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2219 in Greenbrier.
“She is a natural leader and trainer, and a highly dependable and reliable individual,” Wilbanks said. “You could always count on her to get the job done.”
In 2009, Brenda was assigned as the lead Program Analyst supporting stand-up of the Little Rock District’s newly assigned Medical Services Support which has grown to become the District’s largest program and source of funding.
The Medical Services Support helps to construct medical facilities for all branches of the military in the states and overseas. “I got to do a lot of interesting work, and meet a lot of good, interesting people,” Bishop said.
Bishop plans to spend her retirement “right here in Conway,” she said, with husband Jimmy who will be retiring from Ridout Lumber Company in April.
The Bishops live next door to their daughter Shannon Thornton, her husband Joe and their son Cane. Bishop said a lot of time will be spent with them and her best friend Sasha, a Siberian husky.
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