Sedalia Fire Department Inspector Michael Jackson was honored for "40 years of faithful service" to the City of Sedalia at the start of Monday night's City Council meeting.

Randy Kirby

"That's a long time," Mayor Galliher said.

"A very long time," Jackson echoed.

"We appreciate everything you've done so thank you very much," the mayor said.

After shaking hands with Mayor Galliher and all the Council members who attended the meeting, Jackson thanked the City for the honor of serving.

"My heart is humbled to be here to see this honor, not only as an inspector, but the City of Sedalia, my employer, my friend. I thank you for the birthday wishes .. you have helped me raise my family, for that I'm grateful," he said, adding that he has worked under a total of three fire chiefs. And soon to be four once Chief Mike Ditzfeld retires and Deputy Chief Greg Harrell assumes his position at the SFD sometime before May 31.

Jackson began his career with the SFD on July 16, 1977 under Fire Chief Willis Javis. Then he served under C.W. Gordy, and now under current Fire Chief Ditzfeld.

Also honored Monday night was Sedalia Public Library Director Pam Hunter, who has served for 15 years. She was unable to attend the presentation.