Mayor Jac Siegel read "whereas" many times at the beginning of the 's regular session today -- as he publicly honored a retired police officer and recognized the work of a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Lt. Jeff Sato received a proclamation from the city for his 30 years of "spirited dedication and hard work with the and his commitment to the community," read Siegel.
Sato, who joined the force on June 1, 1980, steadily climbed the ranks while at the same time, provided guidance to fellow officers. He simultaneously volunteered in Mountain View, was a scout leader to the Cub Scouts, a member of the and on the Board of Directors of the .
"This city is really my home," said Sato, who lives in Palo Alto but who's father had a barbershop on Villa Street. "It meant so much to me to get a job here. I can't think of a better place. I should be thanking you for the opportunity to be here."
The mayor also recognized Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Thida Cornes for her service to the city.