The Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce recently honored Bob Perrault, the city manager, as its Citizen of the Year at a ball at the Ramona Garden Park Center.
Perrault was humbled by the award, saying, “A guy in my shoes doesn’t usually get this type of recognition.”
Perrault has been city manager for five years. A presentation by chamber member Anita Shower said that Perrault “brings an air of concern and accountability as he walks the halls that have become his second home.”
“Some people may think that the choice of Bob is controversial as they may say he is just doing his job it is what he does beyond his 9 to 5 that makes him deserving regardless of the job he holds,” said chamber board of directors’ member Brad Evans in a recent news release.
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In addition to his job, Perrault is known by many in the community as “Cowboy Bob,” riding his horse in the Grover Beach Christmas Parade or reciting cowboy poetry at the Grover Beach Community Library’s annual fundraiser. At St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, he chairs an annual spaghetti dinner to benefit the Five Cities Christian Women and Meals on Wheels. As a member of the Rotary Club of Grover Beach, he organizes a golf marathon to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.
“It’s all about community, giving back to the city,” said Perrault, adding, “everybody can be encouraged to participate.”
At the event, Amanda Rounds of Shell Beach Floral Designs was also honored as Business Person of the Year. Rounds moved her business from Shell Beach to Grover Beach over a year ago. She sponsors art openings for local artists and has been instrumental in creating the Grover Beach Art Walk, bringing an “infectious energy” to the newly remodeled West Grand Ave. area, according to the chamber.
Richard Roberts was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Roberts is a member of the Rotary Club of Grover Beach and is chairman of the County Local Agency Formation Commission, of which he has been a member for more than 12 years. He is a founding board member of the Clark Center Performing Arts Association, the Exploration Station, and the Grover Beach Community Library.
— Julia Hickey