Geraldton’s longest continuous serving councillor Bob Hall was denied extending his 22-year stint by just nine votes, but humbly says he had a good run and the time was right for it to end. Mr Hall has been a councillor since he was first elected in 2001 — when it was still the City of Geraldton — and has had a seat at the table for two amalgamations, bringing in Greenough and Mullewa, as well as a voice in countless decisions and many projects which have transformed and improved the city. He initially put his hand up for local government under the belief “it’s one of the last remaining bastions of true democracy”. “It‘s where you can have a say in your local community without being influenced by party politics, which is a wonderful thing,” Mr Hall said. Mr Hall’s 22 consecutive years is recognised on the City’s Wall of Memorabilia as the longest continuous service as councillor in the council’s history. Mr Hall made his way to Geraldton in 1985 and worked as a police officer until he retired in September 2012. Being a long-standing member of the community for almost 38 years, he’s seen both good and bad, and saw the City of Geraldton-Greenough evolve into the City of Greater Geraldton. More than 700 people in the community voted for Mr Hall at last month’s local government election — most likely due to the experience and the knowledge he held — but his time on the council was finally over when he missed out by a nine-vote margin. Mr Hall walked away knowing he’s contributed more than two decades of service and enjoyed it every step of the way. He said he would still attend council meetings and stay in contact, making sure to raise any issues or concerns felt in the community. “There’s no need for disappointment. I was really thrilled from the aspect that we had a change in the number one position (new mayor Jerry Clune),” he said. “Whilst I was not successful, I was really pleased to see a leadership change. “It’s been a wonderful run, Geraldton has progressed very, very well. A lot of the issues that we had 20 years ago have changed and are getting better, but we can always improve.” Mr Hall said he was “thrilled to bits” with the councillors he served with and was proud of the City’s achievements throughout his stint. “I think we’re held in high regard as probably one of the better regional councils in Western Australia,” he said. “I’ve seen some wonderful changes in the way local government was carried out. A lot of it’s been good, some of it’s not so crash hot.” Mr Hall said the foreshore redevelopment was an impressive upgrade that helped to curb Geraldton’s “stingy” reputation across the State. “The changes, particularly on the foreshore, dressed the place and made it look a lot more pleasurable,” he said. “We still have a long way to go, because a lot of people still have some issues on the so called stigmas that surround Geraldton. Those are being progressively worked through and weeded out.” Mr Hall thanked his supporters throughout the years and those he worked with on the council. “I wish Jerry (Clune) the best for the future and all the other existing counsellors, they are a wonderful group of people, experienced and all get on very well,” he said.