Several city officials, friends, and family members attended a retirement celebration to honor the service of Vandalia Mayor Ramon Barnes held on April 17 at the Vandalia Fire Station. Mayor Barnes recently completed his final term after serving the City of Vandalia from 1992-2014.
City Administrator Alan Winders thanked everyone who showed up to the ceremony to honor Mayor Barnes for his service.
Mayor Pro-Tem John Weiser presented Mayor Barnes a plaque that recognized both his service as an alderman and mayor. Mayor Barnes also received a City of Vandalia Resolution.
His service includes time as mayor from 1992-2014, Ward I Alderman 1985-1991, 1977-1983 as well as 1992-1999 as Vandalia Fire Chief.
He’s credited for his leadership in helping to locate WERDCC in Vandalia as well as presiding over Vandalia’s first high speed internet service. Other notable items includes the Vandalia Area Aquatics Center and the Highway 54 Coalition Project.
Audrain County Eastern Commissioner Roger Young also made a few comments, wishing Mayor Barnes good health and a good retirement.
“Ramon has always represented the City of Vandalia with class and dignity and it has been a pleasure working with you my friend,” said Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs. Winders extended his personal thanks for all Mayor Barnes has done for the city.
Several gift cards and a large map were presented to the mayor.
“I would like to thank (all of the city employees) for making my job the last 22 years easy,” Mayor Barnes said. “I appreciate all of you for coming today.”
Cake and punch were served as refreshments.