Reynolds honored by council members
December 12, 2012Martinsville City Council on Tuesday bid farewell to Vice Mayor Kimble Reynolds Jr., presenting him a symbolic key to the city.
Reynolds first was elected to the council in 2004. He is finishing his second four-year term as a councilman. Tuesday night's council meeting was his last unless the council has to call a special meeting later this month.
As a councilman, Reynolds served one term as mayor from July 2006 to June 2008, plus three terms as vice mayor. Both positions are two-year offices elected by fellow council members.
Along with the key, Mayor Kim Adkins presented him - as a token of the council's appreciation - a box that was hand-carved by a local artisan.
Adkins mentioned that during the past eight years, Reynolds held leadership roles with the Virginia Municipal League and the Virginia First Cities coalition. He also has been involved with the National League of Cities.
"He made sure the voice of Martinsville was always heard" in statewide affairs, she said.
Councilman Danny Turner acknowledged that he has not always agreed with Reynolds' opinions on issues, but he said the outgoing councilman always has done "what's right in his heart," and he admires him for that.