- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Hundreds of people have gathered in Columbus to send off the mayor of Ohio’s capital city after his 16 years in office.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1Ji69Bp ) that Michael Coleman - the city’s longest-serving mayor - said his farewells at City Hall on Thursday, then kissed a police horse before being whisked away in a sport utility vehicle.

Coleman says he believes he did his best and left the city better than how he found it.

Andrew Ginther, who was elected mayor in November, assumes control of the office Friday.

Coleman says Ginther will inherit a city with a stable budget and financial reserves. He says the population is growing and the downtown section of the city has never been livelier.

Coleman plans to join a law firm in January.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com


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