Former Sunset Hills city attorney honored

This plaque honoring former Sunset Hills City Attorney Robert C. Jones will be hung in the lobby of City Hall, outside the Aldermanic Chambers named in his honor.

This plaque honoring former Sunset Hills City Attorney Robert C. Jones will be hung in the lobby of City Hall, outside the Aldermanic Chambers named in his honor.

Sunset Hills officials and residents dedicated the city’s Aldermanic Chambers in honor of former City Attorney Robert C. Jones during a ceremony Friday night.

Mr. Jones, who died last November, served as city attorney for Sunset Hills since the city’s incorporation in 1957.

In March, the Board of Aldermen voted to name the Aldermanic Chambers in Mr. Jones’ honor.

During Friday’s ceremony, the entry letters and a plaque with his image to be hung in the lobby of City Hall were unveiled.

Funds were solicited in Mr. Jones’ memory from friends, former city officials and staffers and business associates, allowing for the plaque and reception to be totally underwritten by these contributions, according to a city news release. Former Mayor Jim Hobbs personally donated the lettering over the Aldermanic Chamber doors.

The outpouring from his many friends reinforces the level of respect and affection Mr. Jones engendered in his lifetime, according to the news release.

An ad hoc committee comprised of Aldermen Jan Hoffman and Pat Fribis, former Alderman Bob Brockhaus, City Clerk Laura Rider and Parks Recreation Supervisor Herb Pyne arranged the event.

In June 2007, Mr. Jones was honored at a Board of Aldermen meeting for 50 years of service as city attorney and presented with a plaque, watch and portrait by resident artist E.J. Theiss.

At that time, it was estimated that Mr. Jones had attended at least 3,000 Board of Aldermen meetings during his tenure as city attorney.