Mike Hammer, longtime City of Bainbridge employee, passes away




Presenting Mike with an award plaque and check were City Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer, City Manager Chris Hobby, and Public Works Director Steve Winburn.
Presenting Mike with an award plaque and check were City Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer, City Manager Chris Hobby, and Public Works Director Steve Winburn.
Presenting Mike with an award plaque and check were City Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer, City Manager Chris Hobby, and Public Works Director Steve Winburn.

Mike Hammer, a 14-year employee of the City of Bainbridge, passed away on the morning of Friday, May 22, according to city officials.

Hammer, who was the City of Bainbridge’s maintenance supervisor, had been fighting cancer for approximately a year, said Steve Winburn, director of Bainbridge Public Works.

In January 2015, Hammer was honored as the City of Bainbridge’s Employee of the Year. He had worked for the city government since 2001.

At the time, Winburn said, “Mike has a wealth of knowledge, is a super handyman, and always goes above and beyond what is asked of him while maintaining a great attitude. He’s the kind of employee you enjoy working alongside!”

“He could do it all — he was a carpenter, electrician and a plumber all in one,” Winburn said.

City employees had also admired how Hammer continued to go to work even as he underwent treatment for cancer.

“He showed up on days when I wouldn’t have blamed anyone in his situation for staying home,” Winburn said. “That’s just the kind of person and employee he was. Everyone who worked with him liked him.”

Funeral arrangements are pending; we will try and post them here as soon as we receive them.

Mike Hammer, right, and Steve Winburn, left
Mike Hammer, right, and Steve Winburn, left



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