Before Mrs. Gene Ann Dixon worked for the city of Vandalia, she served for six years as a dispatcher and a special deputy with the Audrain County Sheriffs Department.
Recently, Dixon was recognized by city officials for 34 years of service to the City of Vandalia. Dixon started with the city in 1988 and worked as a police officer until 2005.
“When I first came to Vandalia as a police patrolman, Gene Ann Dixon was a part time police officer and was in charge of dispatching. It quickly became apparent to me that Gene Ann deeply cares for the community of Vandalia, and was willing to do her best for the community. It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to have worked with Gene Ann. I will miss having her at the police station on a daily basis, but hope she enjoys her well deserved retirement,” said Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird.
Dixon then worked as dispatcher and as on-call police officer until the dispatcher position was eliminated.
“On behalf of the City and the entire Vandalia community, I would like to express our appreciation for all that Gene Ann Dixon has done over the course of her long career. We wish her the very best in retirement,” said Mayor Ramon Barnes.
Luckily for Dixon, she was able to fill an available clerk position at the police department where she worked faithfully until her official retirement date of December 4, 2013.
“Gene Ann has dedicated her working career to serving Vandalia residents in the public safety area. I have enjoyed working with her. While she will be missed here, Gene Ann has certainly earned her retirement. We congratulate her on retirement and thank her for years of service,” said City Administrator Alan Winders.
Following her retirement, Dixon will continue to serve on the Tri-County Care Center Board and help out whenever needed. She also plans to relax, do some traveling with her husband Dempsey, and simply enjoy life.
“I will truly miss working with the public, the chief, and all the officers. Now, I just want to enjoy life a little, and do all the things I couldn’t do working full-time,” Dixon said.