Law director Ebert honored for 30 years of service to Bay
Gary Ebert walked into a packed council chambers on May 16, unaware that he was the evening’s guest of honor. When the audience erupted in applause at his entrance, he glanced around and saw faces from all areas of his life – colleagues from his law firm, former city officials, family and friends. Gary’s wife, Pam, pictured above left, who was one of the party’s co-conspirators along with Clerk of Council Joan Kemper, came around the dais to pin a boutonniere on his suit. His children and grandchildren from out of town embraced him with hugs.
The surprise celebration recognized Gary’s 30 years as Bay Village’s law director, although his public service goes back farther. Before being appointed law director by Mayor Jim Cowles in 1986, Gary served four years as a Ward 4 councilman. Calling the ceremony “overwhelming,” Gary was quick to assert that, despite the milestone, he has no plans to retire.