Kedzierski said the tradition of awarding the outgoing president began with the late Ed Brady.
Brady, a village trustee from 1980 to 1989, and village president from 1989 to 1993, died in November.
Honors didn’t stop with Cooper.
Kedzierski gave proclamations to 10 former members of the village board of trustees and city council leaving office within the last five years:
Dr. Brian Hunt,
Linda Somers and
Rose Garland-Thornton, whose 21 years of service “has the record” of the group, Kedzierski said.
Kedzierski said the city couldn’t operate without citizen volunteers.
“The ultimate volunteers serving their community are the elected council persons, who probably volunteer over 100 hours each year,” he said. “These volunteers believe in the city and want to keep our city the premier community it is.”
The final proclamation honored state Rep. Timothy Bledsoe, D, City of Grosse Pointe.
Bledsoe completed his second and final term this month.
“He wasn’t a Democrat,” Kedzierski said. “He wasn’t a Republican. He was a Grosse Pointer.”
“It’s been an honor,” Bledsoe said.
He lost his bid for a third term in the Democratic primary for newly-drawn District 2, which is dominated by Detroit precincts.