Several Vandalia area residents and both local and county administrators showed up to honor the retiring Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird during an event held last Tuesday inside the Lange Building.
Those who attended signed their names on a card and left their well wishes. A card of appreciation was also left for Laird.
City Administrator Alan Winders presented Laird a plaque to recognize him for his years of service. A gun, a designed license plate, a gas card, and more were among the gifts presented to Laird.
Chief Laird was also joined by several family members at the event.
Cake and punch were also served.
Winders roasted Laird during the ceremony. He joked about Laird and deadlines and on the time Laird hit him with a golf ball during a golf outing.
Laird reminded Winders that he checked with him to make sure he was out of the way.
“I knew with Tony here as police chief that people were going to be taken care of to the best of Tony’s ability,” Winders said about his long time colleague. “He would personally direct the department to take care of the people. And that is really what city government is designed to do. We’re a vehicle to do things collectively that we can’t do individually.”