10/10/2012 10:48 EDT | Updated 12/10/2012 05:12 EST

Mayor behind 'I Love Regina' campaign bids emotional farewell to council

REGINA - The outgoing mayor of Regina says he's been a lucky man during his 12 years in office and that he will miss life at city hall when he's gone.

Pat Fiacco (fee-AH'-koh) made the comment following his last city council meeting Tuesday night before voters in Regina choose a new mayor later this month.

An emotional Fiacco told council it's been a pleasure for him to have held Regina's highest elected post, and that he's grateful to those who helped open his eyes to the issues facing Saskatchewan's capital.

The man who sought a better revenue-sharing formula between municipalities and the province also says he's leaving at a time when Regina's core is on its way to a wonderful revitalization.

Fiacco, who was also behind the city's 'I Love Regina' campaign, says he will announce his future plans after the new council and mayor are sworn in.

Municipal elections will be held across Saskatchewan on Oct. 24. (CJME)