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Four decades as mayor; Myers' last council meeting

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

Summerville town officials say Wednesday night's council meeting was one of the shortest in history and one of the most memorable.

Berlin G Myers, who's served as mayor for over 40 years, gave a goodbye speech and stepped down.

Many residents say it's the end of an era.

"I want to thank council, those who serve with me today and those who served with us in the past," Myers said.

"Everyone knows him, whether you're new to Summerville or old to Summerville. He's guided the town from a small four thousand-person community to what it is today," Hal Rigby, Summerville resident, said.

And that's how many people will remember Myers' career.

Out of the numerous accomplishments credited to him over the past four decades, Myers said the creation of the Berlin G. Myers Parkway and the building of the new town hall are among his favorites.

"It's a great memory, and I'm proud of all the things we accomplished in 45 years," Myers said.

The man who will step into his shoes, Mayor-Elect Bill Collins, said Myers has laid the foundation to make Summerville an even greater place to live and said Myers has taught him a lot about leadership.

"He is truly a legend in his own time. He's done a lot of good things for this city. We owe him a debt of gratitude," Collins said.

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