Mayor Dana Williams praised outgoing Park City Manager Tom Bakaly on Thursday night, saying Bakaly performed admirably during his time as City Hall's top ranking staffer.
It was Bakaly's final City Council meeting. His last day with the municipal government was Friday. Bakaly had been the city manager since 2003.
Williams said there were some difficulties at the onset of Bakaly's tenure as city manager, a year after Williams assumed office. But the mayor mentioned a series of what he sees as being Bakaly's accomplishments.
He said Bakaly introduced accountability at City Hall and he was directly responsible for the increase in the municipal government's credit rating. He said Bakaly was instrumental in the way Quinn's Junction developed. Williams also credited Bakaly with building a relationship with state leaders and Utah's congressional delegation.
He said Bakaly deserves lots of credit for Park City's emergence as what the mayor described as a world-class community.
Members of the City Council also praised Bakaly, but the mayor's comments were the most extensive of the meeting. City Councilman Dick Peek recalled early in his City Hall career being a member of the Historic District Commission as Bakaly shepherded the Old Town transit center through the municipal approval process in the years prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Bakaly received a standing ovation from the elected officials, City Hall staffers and audience members.
Bakaly will become the city manager in Hermosa Beach, Calif.