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Decatur Showers Praise on Bill Floyd

After new Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett gave his state of the city speech, the honors started for former Mayor Bill Floyd.

Bill Floyd is no longer the mayor of Decatur, but his name won't be forgotten soon.

At Tuesday's meeting of the Decatur Business Association, it was announced that the gym at the newly renovated Decatur Recreation Department will be named the W.F. Floyd Gymnasium.

Also, the Decatur Education Foundation will establish a Bill Floyd Leadership Fund to help young people learn the tenants of leadership.

And for a real crowd-pleaser, the Brick Store Pub and the business association created a "Buck For Bill," which was handed out as the crowd left the Courtyard Marriott. It's not real currency, but it entitles the bearer to a free beer at the pub.

"It's really been an incredible 22 years," Floyd told the crowd. "I'm most proud of what the city has become. It's a beacon. It's an example of how things should be done."

He resigned Jan. 7 to take a consulting job after serving on the city commission since 1991 and as mayor since 1998.

Earlier in the night, new Mayor Jim Baskett gave his state of the city speech. He ticked off the city's recent accomplishments and said, "We will continue to work as a team. We will honor you. We will honor your opinions."

Barbara Baggerman January 31, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Respectfully, "tenants of leadership" should be "tenets of leadership."

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