08/09/2013 06:13 EDT | Updated 10/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Ald. Dale Hodges to Retire: 'I'll Miss Him. A lot.'

Today, my colleague, Alderman Dale Hodges, shared with me that he does not intend to run again in the next municipal election.

I'll miss him. A lot.

It is always disappointing when a dedicated public servant such as Dale decides step away from this role, but I can't help but feel so lucky and proud to have served with him. Dale believes strongly in democracy and the power of individuals and he wears that on his sleeve. And if it weren't obvious enough, he posts this quote on his website:

"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain." - Louis L'Amour

As our city's longest-serving alderman at 30 years over 10 terms, Dale is a voice of trusted wisdom on Council. I have always valued his insight into the topics of the day--often because Dale always knows how we got here.

Dale can easily be described as a pillar in the communities he serves, and the citizens of Ward 1 have been well-served by him over the years. He has represented them on many committees and projects over the years--most recently on the Calgary Parking Authority, Legacy Parks Fund, Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, and Land and Asset Strategy (to name just a few). He is a very hard-working politician and an example for those who will follow in his footsteps.

I wish Dale and Yvonne all the very best in the adventures that follow. And I have no doubt our paths will continue to pass.

In fact: Dale, you should expect a call from the Mayor's Office soon. There are many ways to serve Calgarians.