After 12 years in office, Mayor Mark Stodola bid his adieus at a farewell reception held Dec. 13 at the Porter/Hamilton Room at Robinson Center.
Stodola announced earlier in the year that he was retiring from public office. He will be replaced in January by incoming Mayor Frank Scott.
Many dignitaries stopped by to pay their respects, including former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, former Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, former Mayor Lottie Shackelford, several city directors and a host of friends and city employees.
Vice Mayor Kathy Webb read a letter from former President Bill Clinton praising Stodola for his accomplishments.
"Mark's leadership and problem-solving skills have made this wonderful city even stronger than when he took office," Clinton wrote. "On a personal note, I will always be grateful for the times we worked together, for his strong partnership with my presidential center and most importantly, for many years of friendship."
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High Profile on 12/23/2018