TOPEKA (WIBW) -- He's a true Topeka native and has several honorable accomplishments. And Tuesday night, he slammed the gavel to adjourn a council meeting one last time.
Bill Bunten's has spent 38 years in public service and the past 8 as Topeka's mayor.
"I feel glad, but I feel a little blue I wont be involved in it anymore" said Mayor Bunten.
The Topeka native started his political career in 1962, when he was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives. He went on to serve in the state Senate, then the Mayor's office.
His longevity in politics drew praise in letters of support from Governor Brownback and Senator Pat Roberts. Each city council member also expressed to him how much he influenced their lives.
Washburn University President, Jerry Farley, also turned out to express appreciation.
"Well the Mayor, to me, has characteristics that everyone wants to exhibit. He is kind and thoughtful. I think he has done such a great job with this city," said Farley.
Mayor Bunten says he is ready to close this chapter of his life and move on to the next.
" I don't know what I will do but I will do some job and spend some time with my grandchildren, go golfing and I'll decide the rest later," said Mayor Bunten.
Bunten's successor will be chosen in the city's general election next week Tuesday, April 2nd.