A capacity crowd of 100 city officials, employees, and citizens braved the rain to arrive at Hope City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to honor two of its storied public servants.

A capacity crowd of 100 city officials, employees, and citizens braved the rain to arrive at Hope City Hall on Tuesday afternoon to honor two of its storied public servants.
Longtime Hope Mayor Dennis Ramsey and Board member Willie Walker were both toasted by new Mayor Steve Montgomery and many well-wishers at a two-hour ceremony prior to Tuesday night’s Hope City Board meeting.
Montgomery presented both Ramsey and Walker a Mayoral Proclamation for their respective years of city service. Ramsey served 39 years on the City Board representing Ward 5, while Walker served 25 years, representing Ward 3.  Both men retired from the Board in December 2016 after not seeking reelection in their respective Wards.
Montgomery called Ramsey his “mentor and friend” as he stepped up to assume the Mayor’s seat in 2017; Montgomery also called Walker a “trusted friend and colleague, who always spoke his mind.”
In addition to proclamations, both men were presented poster-sized wall frames with certificates of appreciation that were signed by every city employee.
Ramsey has remained active, still serving on the UA Hope Board of Visitors, Rainbow of Challenges, Hope Water and Light Commission and the Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation.