Monday night's Creve Coeur City Council meeting saw the city formally accept recognition for the police department's work to achieve accreditation. (See Video)
The body also held a public hearing and approved the city's Capital Improvement Plan through the 2017 fiscal year, but that's not why Pat Dielmann was in attendance.
She told those who asked that in her husband Harold's 28-year tenure over two stints as Mayor, she'd been to just two meetings of the Creve Coeur City Council, each time being for swearing-in ceremonies for her husband.
Monday, she broke with tradition and attended the last session Harold Dielmann will chair after a total of 28 years in office. It was the Mayor's first meeting back on city business
Harold Dielmann will have his Mondays and other days free, officially, April 23 when is sworn in as the next Mayor of . Dielmann is retiring, unable to seek re-election because of term limits.
Dielmann saluted his wife, and their son Andy who was also in attendance, but otherwise had no remarks planned for the occassion. Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner attempted to estimate the number of meetings he would have gaveled into order before settling on an approximate figure of two thousand.
"You have been such a source of pride for Creve Coeur and your pride in Creve Coeur has really shown through," Kistner said at the close of the meeting, which adjourned to a standing ovation and an informal get-together at for a shared beverage with the Dielmanns, several council members and city staff.
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