Truesdale honors outgoing mayor during Summerfest

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 6/12/23

“It’s the reason why, no matter where I live, Truesdale is still gonna be my home.”

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Truesdale honors outgoing mayor during Summerfest


Truesdale Mayor Chris Watson, who announced his resignation during the May 24 board of aldermen meeting, was honored at the start of the city’s Railroad Days: Summerfest on June 3.

Board of Alderman President Jerry Cannon recognized the outgoing mayor with a proclamation during the festival’s opening ceremony. 

“What you see around you is because of his work. This park was a dream of the previous mayor, and Chris took that dream and made it a reality,” he said. “This park, that MaryLou Center wouldn’t have happened without his drive and his vision and the people of Truesdale owe him a debt and definitely owe him their gratitude. He has been a fantastic mayor.”

Cannon also announced that the covered concession area would be named after him.

“As a tribute for all of Mayor Watson’s hard work, we are dedicating this area, this family area, to Chris Watson’s family, the Watson concession and seating area,” Cannon told the crowd.

A permanent sign will soon be erected in the area.

Watson said the recognition was “overwhelming.”

“It’s the reason why, no matter where I live, Truesdale is still gonna be my home,” he said.

Watson will officially step down from the position after the June 28 board of aldermen meeting.

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at

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