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Man Serves Public For 63 Years

HAMPTON, Va., (UPI) — An 84-year-old Virginia man has been recognized by Guinness World Records for having the world’s longest career as a civil servant.

Sara Wilcox, a Guinness World Records spokeswoman, said Hardy Cash began serving the public July 1, 1947, when he was hired to assist Elizabeth City County Executive W.R. “Buddy” Freeman with office tasks, and his career ended when he retired as the Hampton city ombudsman Jan. 28, 2011, the Newport News Daily Press reported Monday.

Wilcox said Cash’s public service, which lasted 63 years, 210 days, is now believed to be the world’s longest and will appear in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

“Hardy Cash is a Hampton icon,” Mayor Molly Joseph Ward said. “To remain in public service to one city for more than 60 years is a feat that won’t likely be duplicated any time soon. We are most grateful to him for his commitment to public service.”

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