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Assistant Director of Development Services Bill Ramsey (third from left) poses for a photo with the San Juan Capistrano City Council during his last council meeting. After 24 years with the city, Ramsey is retiring May 2. Photo by Brian Park
Assistant Director of Development Services Bill Ramsey (third from left) poses for a photo with the San Juan Capistrano City Council during his last council meeting. After 24 years with the city, Ramsey is retiring May 2. Photo by Brian Park

By Brian Park

The San Juan Capistrano City Council bid a final farewell last Tuesday to longtime city planner Bill Ramsey, who will be retiring May 2.

“Although we are happy for Bill as he begins a new chapter in his life, filling his shoes will be difficult,” said Mayor Sam Allevato, during what was Ramsey’s last City Council meeting. “Bill’s knowledge, experience and passion for San Juan Capistrano will truly be missed.”

Ramsey, who’s been with the city for 24 years, received a plaque and a standing ovation from the council, city staff and others in attendance.

“It’s been truly an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of San Juan, the businesses, the City Council and the commissions,” Ramsey said. “I leave the city with many lasting friendships and professional relationships.”

Ramsey said he plans on staying involved in San Juan Capistrano, including the Historical Society. He said he’s already been asked to help the Mission San Juan Capistrano Docent Society and their work to furnish the Montanez Adobe.

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