VERSAILLES — A community leader has been named the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) Citizen of the Year. Randy Gump will receive the Citizen of the Year obelisk at the ceremony on Jan. 29, 2018, after showing decades of service and commitment to the Versailles community.
Well-known for his work within various areas of public service, Gump finds a commendable balance between family, community service, and work. After graduating from Greenville High School, he began his years of dedication to the Versailles community as an electric lineman. Gump served for 35 years in a variety of positions as he worked his way up the ladder during his career with the village. He later served as the water treatment plant manager eventually being appointed as the superintendent of utilities in 1989. After serving in those positions, Gump became the village administrator in 1994. Dedicating over three decades of his life to the village, he served as the village administrator for over 18 before retiring from the village in 2012.
Gump also focuses his efforts into community service and volunteer work. He has involved himself in many organizations including the Versailles Area Jaycees, Versailles Athletic Boosters, Versailles Lions Club, Versailles Rotary Club, Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce and Versailles Poultry Days. Outside of these organizations, Gump dedicated his time to volunteering as a coach in the Versailles youth baseball, softball, and soccer programs as well as a volunteer coach for the youth basketball program at the local YMCA.
He served as chairman to the Darke County United Way campaign in 2001 and was chairman of the Versailles Poultry Days in 2002. Gump also served as a member of the Darke County Visitors Bureau Board, Darke County Community Improvement Corporation Board, and represented Versailles as a member of the American Municipal Power-Ohio Board of Trustees. Gump was recognized in 1993 by American Municipal Power-Ohio and the American Public Power Association with awards for outstanding service to the community and electric utility.
A member of the St Denis Catholic Church he along with his wife, Mary Ann, volunteer serving communion to the homebound and sick, Also, he along with Mary Ann and a team of village employees, served a year volunteering for the Versailles Community meals. Gump enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing golf, fishing, and hunting.
He is the son of Barbara and the late Robert Gump; he has two siblings, his brother Rick and his late sister Kim. Gump and his wife Mary Ann are enjoying 20 years together and have four children, Sarah, Chuck, Stacey and Brittany.
Gump will be receiving his award at a banquet held on Jan. 29, 2018, in the Riveria Room at the Stillwater Valley Golf Course as part of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet. Tickets for the event are $20 and are on sale until Jan. 22. For more information, contact Aaron Moran at 937-526-4773.