“Believe me, you do not mess in front of me in my city – that’s the attitude I have,” says Richard Beesley Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID)’s urban management manager, one of the organisation’s long-serving employees.He was recently recognised at the CCID annual meeting last month for his 15 years of service.Beesley has the city’s interest at heart. He was born and bred here and is proud to be part of making it a better place. He will be retiring in June 2020.His department employs 300 people, maintaining cleanliness and smooth operations throughout the precinct. Beesley highlights the hard work that happens after huge events such as the switching on of the festive lights. “If there is an event on a Sunday night with 120 000 people enjoying the night, come in the Monday morning this city will be ready for you. There must be nothing to show there was something going on last night,” Beesley says.Before joining the CCID he was a police officer and says his current job required a change in attitude – from removing criminals from the streets to cleaning the streets. “I am so proud that we are voted the cleanest city over so many years,” concludes Beesley.He was thankful for the recognition he received, saying it came as a surprise, considering that he is only leaving next year.