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.