Dayton Mayor Bob Wood observes his seventy-ninth birthday today (Friday, April 4).
A native of Iowa, and a Korean War veteran, he's also served the town of Dayton for a quarter of a century, first on the town council, then as mayor for the past 16 years. He summed up his thoughts on his life during an interview with Sheridan Media.
The mayor began a decade-long tenure on the town council in 1975. He moved to California, he said, in 1985 when Sheridan County's economy faltered. But after a few years away, he and his family moved back to Dayton. In 1998, then-Mayor Art Badgett talked Wood into running for the position. He won the election unanimously, and has been heading up the town's government ever since.
In addition to serving on the council and as mayor, Wood also put in 10 years with the town's volunteer fire department – and was among those who helped start a rescue unit in 1980. He said a citizen donated a motor home to the department with a request that the vehicle be sold and proceeds used to buy a rescue unit. The town got a four-wheel-drive pickup truck with a shell. The mayor said the town still owns that vehicle, only now it's used for mosquito-spraying.
The mayor said he spends 30 to 35 hours a week on town business. He's also served on the board of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities for at least 10 years, and on the Government Liability Pool board since 2005.
In 1975, he started Bob's Pest Control. He later sold the company to his son-in-law, and the company continues to serve Sheridan, Johnson and Campbell counties. He also spent many years running a printing company in California.