A longtime member of Clarksburg City Council has addressed the city one last time as a public official.
People packed council chambers Thursday evening to honor Councilman Jim Hunt, who served the community for more than 27 years.
His colleagues on council expressed their gratitude and said it was an honor to work with Hunt. They presented him with gifts and a certificate of recognition for his service, signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Hunt, who said he has attended more than 1,000 meetings and served with 12 mayors, said it's been a fantastic journey.
"Over the years, I've always asked council members and mayors from across the country, 'How do you leave this?' There's a couple ways to leave. One's losing an election, another is passing away in office, the other is being done. I'm certainly happy I can go out this way," said Hunt.
Next on Hunt's agenda: consulting work for cities across the country and a trip to South Africa.
Also at Thursday's meeting, city council allocated funds to allow additional seating at the Clarksburg Amphitheater.
It plans to add 400-500 seats in the facility, which currently holds up to 2,000 people.
City manager Martin Howe said the city plans to have the new seats installed this spring, in time for the summer concert season.