One of the City Council’s most noticeable faces, Herman “Butch” Ramik, has resigned. Ramik submitted his resignation to City Council Chairman Doug Geiss on December 13 and made the public announcement during the regular meeting on December 19.
“I won’t forget where I came from,” he said during the council meeting. “It’s an honor to serve the public – there’s nothing like it.”
Ramik went on to say that he has been nominated by Raymond Basham to take over Basham’s Wayne County commissioner’s post, pending approval by the commission as a whole in early January. Basham recently retired and county commissioners often nominate residents from their home districts to fill out their terms.
This Taylor City Council term was the fourth time Ramik was been elected to the seven-member body. He’s has been a resident of Taylor since 1973.
Ramik served in the military during the Vietnam War. He was with the 23th Infantry Division out of Chu Lai. He returned home a highly decorated soldier after being awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and other military citations. He went on to become an Army drill sergeant at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri.
After leaving the military, he served on the Taylor Police Department for 20 years, where he also earned a Purple Heart, Medal of Valor and Mayor’s Medal. Overall, he served in law enforcement for 35 years.
Married to Jeanette, the couple have a daughter, Christy, and four grandchildren. Among other accomplishments, Ramik was:
- Class president of his Police Academy Class 1977.
- Founder of the Taylor Veterans Museum and one of two original inductees into the museum’s new Purple Heart Wall.
- Elected VFW Post 4422 commander three times.
- Assistant coordinator of the Schoolcraft College Police Academy for 10 years.
- SWAT Assistant Team Leader for 12 years.
City Council, per the charter, fills any vacancies on the legislative body. They are currently accepting applications from residents who are interested in being appointed. If you are interested, email a letter of interest and resume to City Council Secretary Tiarra Swain at firstname.lastname@example.org.