Two longtime St. Louis County employees and a former commissioner were honored Tuesday as the County board voted to name two buildings and a bridge in their honor.
The new St. Louis County Government Services Center-Virginia, which opened in September, is now designated as the Elizabeth Prebich Building. Prebich served as a county commissioner for 14 years, representing the 6th District from 1987 until she stepped down in 2000. She also chaired the county board twice — in 1990 and 1996. Prior to her time on the board, she worked as a county social worker.
Prebich passed away in 2001 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The Public Works portion of the new St. Louis County Government Services Center-Cook, which will have a ribbon cutting later this month, will be designated as the David M. Skelton Transportation Building.
Skelton worked for St. Louis County Public Works for 33 years, rising to the level of deputy public works director. He is credited with professionalizing and modernizing maintenance operations.
Skelton attended Tuesday’s board meeting and said of the honor, “It’s pretty humbling. After 12 years of retirement, I would have thought anything I’d done for the county would have been forgotten by now. Apparently not.”
He added that he drives by the new building often on the way to his cabin and never imagined it would be named for him.
A recently reconstructed bridge spanning the Black Duck River in Camp Five Township is now named the James “Ding” Holter Memorial Bridge. The designation comes following a request from the township, which wanted to honor Holter a longtime resident.
Holter worked for St. Louis County Public Works for 39 years, including 28 years as a highway maintenance supervisor. Holter passed away in 2017, less than four years after retiring.