A Hampton man's career in city government is in the record books.
The Guinness Book of World Records says Hardy W. Cash holds the record for the longest career as a civil servant -- 63 years and 210 days.
Although he's retired, the 84-year-old Cash tells The Daily Press (http://bit.ly/IigmMb ) that he still stops in at City Hall a couple of times a week.
Mayor Molly Joseph Ward says Cash is a Hampton icon.
Cash was 19 when he began working in city government on July 1, 1947. He helped Elizabeth City County Executive W.R. "Buddy" Freeman with tasks around the office.
Over the years, Cash served as Hampton's first purchasing agency and first zoning administrator. He also was the city's ombudsman.
He retired on Jan. 28, 2011.