After 21 years of serving as Senior Plans Examiner for the city of Hesperia, John Regner will be retiring at the end of the fiscal year, June 30.


"It's my time to go," said Regner.


Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., Regner held several jobs before he took his place at the Hesperia City Hall. He was stationed at George Air Force Base from 1967 to 1969 and was a medic at the 831st Tactical Hospital. While stationed there, he met his wife of almost 41 years, Katherine "Dede" Basura, whom he married in Hesperia on Sept. 20, 1969.


After being discharged from service in 1971, Regner returned to Victor Valley and worked at Victor Valley College while earning his Associate of Science degree there. He then worked in construction for several years with his brother-in-law, Steve Basura.


Regner became a building inspector for San Bernardino County in 1976. He was promoted to Plans Examiner and then to Acting North Desert Regional Supervisor. Finally, in 1989, he was hired with the City of Hesperia as Senior Plans Examiner.


In the midst of these experiences, Regner developed a philosophy for building and safety that he has applied to his projects for the city of Hesperia, and he hopes his successor adopts it as well.


"There's things that kill people and things that don't," he said. "The things that kill people, you go by the letter of the law as close as you possibly can, and things that don't kill people, you have all kinds of latitude and elbow room to make decisions and solve problems. Solving problems has always been kind of the challenge and the reward."


Regner also said he is proud to have been a part of Hesperia's accomplishments and improvements for the past 21 years.


"Being a part of a brand-new building department at a brand-new city is something that a lot of people never have the opportunity to experience," he said. "We've made a lot of improvements as far as customer service is concerned."


Although he is retiring, Regner said he expects to stay busy with his interests and hobbies, which include fishing, target shooting, astronomy, gardening, woodworking, cooking, music, reading and being a grandpa. He also plans to travel with his wife and go on a cruise to Alaska. His goals after retirement are "to grow old gracefully with [his] wife, become more involved with the community, reach the 50-gallon level at the blood bank and be present at [his] grandson's inauguration as president of the United States."


Despite these post-retirement aspirations, Regner said he has enjoyed his time at the Hesperia City Hall.


"Of all the places I've worked since I was 16 years old, this is by far the greatest group of people that I've ever had the opportunity to work with," he said. "We all pretty much have the same feeling about the job and about each other, and we're grateful for the facilities the city has provided for us. When we came over here, it was like we had been here forever. It's like putting on an old pair of jeans or pair of gloves you've been wearing forever. It just fit perfectly."