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King City council bids goodbye to two members

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Al Rue retired after four years, and Denny Gelfand did not win a seat in the November election

BARBARA SHERMAN - In the King City City Hall Council Chambers, Mayor Ken Gibson (center) reads a proclamation commemorating the retirement of Councilor Al Reu (left) while City Manager Mike Weston looks on.The strains of "Auld Lang Syne" could almost be heard in the background at the Dec. 21 King City City Council meeting as the council bid a fond farewell to departing members Al Reu and Denny Gelfand.

Mayor Ken Gibson said, "You've been instrumental in so many things, and you will be missed."

He praised Reu for all his work on the Southwest Corridor Steering Committee and Gelfand, who as president of the King City Civic Association as well as a city councilor, led the city's and civic association's joint 50th anniversary celebration in August.

"It wouldn't have happened without you," Gibson said.

BARBARA SHERMAN - King City City Manager Mike Weston (right) says goodbye to retiring City Councilor Denny Gelfand (center) in the City Hall Council Chambers while Mayor Ken Gibson, holding Gelfand's certificate of service, looks on.Both Reu and Gibson were given framed certificates commemorating their service, and Reu noted, "I got elected with 22 write-in votes. Thank you for the last four years."

Gelfand added, "The diversity of this group leads me to believe we have a great future."

Councilor Billie Reynolds said, "With Denny here, the last year has led to a lot of cooperation between the KCCA and the city. I appreciate everything you've brought to us."