Willie Rivera made Bakersfield history when he was elected to represent Ward 1 in 2013, becoming the youngest ever to serve on the City Council.
Seven years later, he has left the Council to pursue other goals and opportunities.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Rivera thanked his fellow Councilmembers for their teamwork and the memories they created in leading the City into the future. His colleagues assured him that he has left his mark on Bakersfield, especially in the Southeast.
Rivera - who was 22-years-old when he was first elected - was given a key to the City and the Mayor's Medal by Mayor Karen Goh on Wednesday, among other accolades and recognitions. Kern County Board of Supervisors Chairman Leticia Perez also spoke at the Council meeting, thanking him for his friendship over the years.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas presented Rivera with a resolution from the State legislature recognizing his service. Rivera replaced Salas on the Council in 2013 after a special election when Salas was elected to the State Assembly.
Rivera departs from the Council with two years remaining on his term and in November, Ward 1 voters elected Eric Arias to complete that term.
Arias was sworn-in to represent Ward 1 at Wednesday's meeting.