City of Killeen staff and several others gathered Monday evening to bid farewell to Mayor Dan Corbin as he prepares to pass the gavel.
“I can’t say enough about what Mayor Corbin was able to do when he came in to the city of Killeen,” City Manager Glenn Morrison said. “We all know that it was after a very tough time in the city and he and the city council came in and really helped stabilize things at a time when really we had a microscope on the organization. … Mayor Corbin led well.”
Corbin, a local attorney, was elected in May 2012, following a November 2011 recall that left the city without a quorum for half a year. He did not seek re-election May 10.
“I think all of us in the organization have grown, personally and professionally, because of Mayor Corbin and the city council that we have,” Morrison said.
Various city staffers personally thanked Corbin for his service and presented him with gifts.
Martie Simpson, city finance director, said Corbin, who also is a certified public accountant, played a role in helping her choose a career path.
“When I was in college, my dad rented some office space from Mayor Corbin. So, I’ve had the privilege of knowing Mayor Corbin when I was a kid in college trying to figure out what path I wanted to take,” she said. “I never dreamed as a kid that I would one day work in Killeen with Mayor Corbin years later, but I’ve got to say it’s been a privilege and an honor. … I know that I’m a stronger professional and I really appreciate what (Corbin has) done for the city.”
Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Blackstone, on behalf of the council, thanked Corbin for his leadership and direction.
“(When) we started two years ago, we had no idea what we were doing, and thanks to Mayor Corbin we now know what we’re doing,” she said. “I’m very proud of our group. All of us have enjoyed working with Mayor Corbin and doing the best we could for our city.”
Corbin said being mayor has been “a real challenge,” and “enjoyable.”
“I have enjoyed being mayor, a lot,” he said. “It was a real challenge, and I like things that are tough, things that are hard. I found it to be tough and hard, but it was so enjoyable.”
Mayor-elect Scott Cosper told Corbin that he plans to “continue the good work in a professional manner that you have laid the groundwork for.”
Cosper and the three Killeen City Council members will be sworn in at 5 p.m. today in the council chambers.
“I think your legacy is present all over the organization, all over the community,” Morrison told Corbin. “You have represented us from Washington, D.C., to Fort Hood, and all of the places in between and you have done it well. The city is in a much better place.”