Changing of the guard at Camelot

Mayor Doyle honors Sheriff Rupf, receives award

About a dozen people gathered at Father Nature's in Danville Friday where outgoing mayor Mike Doyle held his final Morning with the Mayor. The 81-year-old received awards, gifts and praise for his work on the council and in the community.

"I just want to thank you for your service, you've done a hell of a job," said one resident over coffee.

Doyle, who was instrumental is the development of Danville's K-9 police unit, said he was tickled by the presentation of a large photograph of himself in uniform with Danville's top dog, Donna.

Because of Doyle's hard work canvassing the community for private donors, said Town Manager Joe Calabrigo, "Donna now rides around in an SUV that puts most of our cars to shame."

Mayor Doyle also honored Contra Costa County Sheriff Warren E. Rupf, who is retiring after 45 years of service.

"I don't know how to define retirement," Rupf chuckled. "My immediate goal is to have a Jan. 2011 calendar with no 'X' on it, to be more spontaneous."

Rupft then presented Mayor Doyle with an award in recognition of service, "made by the ladies at West County Detention."

"This has been a joy, Mayor. This is what government is supposed to be about, how it's supposed to manifest itself," Rupf said.

After a few jokes about Danville as Camelot, the king's court disbanded. Karen Stepper will be replacing Doyle as Mayor next week; David Livingston will take over as county sheriff on Jan. 3.


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Posted by ceci
a resident of Danville
on Dec 3, 2010 at 11:52 am

Warren Rupf is corrupt. Let's hope the new Camelot is different.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Dec 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Dear Dolores,

Let us ask your Danville readers to discuss the historic reality that an appointee to the town council is becoming Mayor.

What are your readers' thoughts?

Ralph N. Shirlet with a ROFL smile

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Dec 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

What is it exactly that you are interested in discussing about an appointee becoming mayor through the natural rotation system. Like anyone on the council she will serve her one year term. Her appointment to the council due to the tragic loss of Mike Shimansky was a part of how our town's government is organized and I think it works very well and is just one additional piece that makes our town an exceptional place to live.

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Posted by SAL
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:13 am

We will miss Mike,vagr3 but I know Karen will do a good job as Mayor.

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Posted by guynextdoor
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Mike! Ralph and Bill, for the record Bob Storer was appointed to fill Mike Shimansky's vacancy. Karen Stepper was previously elected by the people and this year lacking additional candidates Karen and Bob were both elected to a new term by the remaining members of the Council. Karen and Bob have worked hard for years for this community and Karen will once again do a great job as Mayor.

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Posted by Shirley
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Ah, the good ole boys! Danville wouldn't even have a K9 if it weren't for private donor(s); they borrowed San Ramon's & county K9s until 2006, when Donna arrived. Funny, how Mike Doyle gets 'credit' for this, too. Some of us have been around a while - and know 'the rest of the story.'

Good luck, Karen!

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