Lifetime Caraway resident Barry Riley announced that he will seek the seat of mayor for the town of Caraway. Riley has been married for 17 years to his wife, Wendy, and has a 14-year-old daughter, Toni Barry. He is the son of Bill and Joann Riley. He is a graduate of Caraway High School, and has been employed at American greetings for 20 years.
Riley coached peewee basketball in 1987-1988, joined the Caraway Volunteer Fire Department in 1992, and became secretary to the department in 1993. From 1993 to present, he was instrumental in helping the fire department drop the Insurance rating for the city. Riley currently serves as Assistant Chief and training officer for the department. Riley is also a trained weather spotter, and works closely with the Offices of Emergency Services to help improve ways to warn the community of incoming weather. In 1993 Barry became an EMT and has volunteered for the Caraway Volunteer Ambulance Service since receiving his license. Riley has served two years on the Caraway City Council, and has attended the city council meetings since 1995. Riley received the Community Service Award in 1997, and was Grand Marshall for the 2001 Christmas parade.
Barry said that as mayor he would like to see a rodeo arena built in the city parks.
"The arena would not only attract rodeos, but truck and tractor pulls, horse shows, and demolition derbies," he said.
Riley would also like to develop city owned property into residential areas, and find ways to attract people to want to live in these areas. Riley said that more people would mean a chance for more businesses to come to the city.
Barry would like for the residents of Caraway to know that he has worked hard, as a firefighter and an EMT, to give the city the best service possible.
"I do believe that just because I live in a small town, I still should expect the best services possible. As Mayor of Caraway, I would carry that same spirit with me," he said.