GLADSTONE, Mo. -- The man many people say single-handedly built downtown Gladstone is calling it quits.
City Manager Kirk Davis was honored at his 967th and final City Council meeting Monday night. The meeting also included the swearing-in of the 17th Mayor Davis says he's worked with while in Gladstone.
When Davis took over as City Manager back in 1998, really none of the buildings you now may know as downtown were there.
Back in 2003 the city embarked on strategic planning process with residents where they decided to build a new community center.
A decade and more than $100 million dollars of public and private money later, they also have a new luxury apartment complex downtown, North Kansas City Schools Natatorium, two new office buildings, and the Linden Square amphitheater. They will open the Northland Innovation Center later in 2016.
At the meeting, then Mayor Bill Garnos read a lengthy proclamation and showed a photo of Davis in Star Trek attire, saying the city is ready to live long and prosper.
“We have so many big projects going on and more in the works and Kirk's fingerprints are on every one of them,” Mayor Garnos said.
“We didn’t have a downtown, that was both a challenge and an opportunity, the ability in my line of work to create a downtown is phenomenal," he said.
The City Council elected Mayor Pro Tem Jean Moore as Mayor at Monday's meeting. Current Assistant City Manager Scott Wingerson will take the City Manager’s job.