Former Sedalia Police Commander Larry Ward was honored for his 30 years of service to the Sedalia Police Department with public recognition by Chief Matt Wirt at the start of Monday night's City Council meeting.

Ward, who officially retired three weeks ago, also received a standing ovation from the Council as well as those in attendance for his three decades of service to the City of Sedalia.

Ward thanked his wife Margaret and other family members for their support during his career, as well as his SPD family.

“I appreciate the opportunity, and I thank you all for showing up,” Ward told the crowd gathered in the Council chambers.

Also recognized Monday night was Timothy Proctor, who received a service award for 15 years of service to the Sedalia Water Department as a distribution systems foreman. He received a certificate from Sedalia Mayor John Kehde.

Not present for his award was Charles Eppes, who retired from the Water Pollution Department after 15 1/2 years of service as an equipment operator.