PRINCETON — Princeton City Council honored longtime commissioner Bob Warren for his 18 years of service to the city during his final meeting with the council on Monday.
Warren did not seek re-election. His choice to step down from city government comes with the life decision to begin moving into retirement.
During the meeting, Mayor Joel Quiram presented Warren with a plaque of appreciation for his dedicated years of service as city commissioner from June 3, 1999, to April 30, 2017.
Former Princeton Mayor Keith Cain was also present at Monday's meeting to show support for Warren and congratulated him on the time he put into the city.
Cain is the person who convinced Warren to join the council back in 1999. It was the year Cain was elected as mayor and had to appointed someone to fill his term as commissioner. That someone was Warren, who ended up serving the council with Cain for a total of 16 years.
"No matter what, you're going to have people who like you and people who don't like you. But at the end of the day, you do the best for the city. I feel like everyone has always tried to do the best for the city," Cain said. "What I like is different opinions, and I know Bob and I locked horns a few times, but at the end of the day, we're still friends."
Warren also said a few words before the council adjourned to closed session and to the next regular meeting. He said it seemed just like yesterday when his journey with the city began.
"There's been a lot of ups and downs — more ups than downs though fortunately," he said. "We look back on the last 18 years and the things in the city — the things we have now vs. what we didn't have. We've made great strides. I just want to thank the people of Princeton for letting me be a part of that and for the confidence that they put in me to get re-elected four times. It's been the best job I've ever had."
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