City Secretary Armando Chapa, retiring after 35 years of city service, received special recognition during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Mayor Nelda Martinez read the state senate resolution, from Rep. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa.

"He's respected and admired by his colleagues and all public alike, and his presence with Corpus Christi will certainly be greatly missed," said the resolution prepared by Hinojosa. The state senate resolution then commended Chapa on his exceptional service to the people of Corpus Christi as City Secretary. "We send him his best wishes and success in all of his endeavors."

Chairman Rep. Todd Hunter made a surprise visit to the City Council Chambers to present the house resolution and personally commend his services and untiring work with the city.

"One thing I have always admired him for is setting a fine example in civic engagement across the state of Texas for his great, great service," said Hunter.

Chapa was appointed City Secretary in 1985, after joining the city as a department head in 1978. For more than three decades he has served the citizens of Corpus Christi.

Chapa, visibly moved by the recognition, thanked a room full of family and colleagues for their support over the years.

"I was blessed with a wonderful career that has given me the opportunity to interact with a lot of different folks and a lot of different organizations. I want to thank them," said Chapa