Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell completes final term

 We say our farewells to Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
As he completes his final term tomorrow, we take a look back at the man who served our city for more than a decade.

It's Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell's third attempt at retirement.
Leffingwell grew up in Austin and attended the University of Texas.
After graduation, he served as an officer and pilot in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the the rank of commander in the Navy Reserves.  
He didn't stop there.
Leffingwell then worked as a Delta Airlines pilot for more than 31 years.
It was after his second retirement, that he spent his time focusing on issues here in Austin.
"We have changed the face of Austin over the last ten years. A lot of buildings in our skyline were not here ten years ago, and we've become an international city. We now have an international flight non-stop from Austin to London Heathrow. We have major events that attract people from all over the world," Leffingwell said.
Leffingwell has had a long-standing career with the city.
In 1999 he was appointed to the Environmental Board and was later elected chair.
He served as the Place 1 seat on the Austin City Council from 2005 to 2009.
It was May of that year that Leffingwell became our mayor.
"The biggest accomplishment has to be our work on job creation and growing our economy through a very difficult financial recession that really began in late 2008 and continued through 2009-2010. We have emerged from that as really the envy of the entire country. We have the strongest economy, I believe, of any city," Leffingwell said.
Austin consistently sits atop Forbes' annual list of the best cities for jobs.
Even ranking number one among the next boom towns in the USA, best positioned to grow and prosper in the coming decade.
So the big question is, what's next for the man who served as Austin's 51st mayor?
"Probably want to do something besides just play golf, hang around the house and go for long walks on the beach. I want to find something that occupies some of my time but I don't want to be too busy," Leffingwell said.

On Tuesday evening Steve Adler will be sworn in as our new mayor.

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