Dublin said goodbye to a longtime city councilwoman last week.

Dublin said goodbye to a longtime city councilwoman last week.

Cathy Boring attended her final Dublin City Council meeting last week after 20 years serving as the Ward 1 representative on council.

The city celebrated her time by honoring her status as a finalist for the 2013 Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award.

The award from the National League of Cities recognizes a winner and finalists in mid-November for helping their community through programs and being a model for future female leaders.

Mayor Tim Lecklider said Boring has been a champion for Emerald Fields, the art in public places program and the Dublin Community Recreation Center during her time in office.

"Cathy has, besides being an incredible representative for her ward, always been a great mentor," Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said.

Boring first took office in 1994 after serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

While in office, she served three, two-year terms as vice mayor and was council liaison to Dublin City School Board of Education, Dublin Arts Council and COTA.

Boring said she's been called persistent, which might actually mean a "pain in the neck."

"Without (my husband's) support I couldn't have been so persistent and such a pain in the neck," she said.

John Reiner has served on council with Boring for 16 years and said she's brought levity to meetings.

"You made me laugh," he told Boring. "You've always added humor to this and have a way to lighten the load."

Chinnici-Zuercher said she's enjoyed sitting next to Boring at meetings and even disagreeing on issues.

Most of all, she said, Boring's historical knowledge will be missed.

"We'll all miss this: the historian you are," Chinnici-Zuercher said. "It's been really helpful to have the knowledge and history."

"I think of you as Dublin the institution," Reiner said.

When asked by people why she wants to be on council, Vice Mayor Amy Salay said she always refers to Boring and knowing one woman can make a difference.

"I'm hoping you continue to make your presence felt" even in retirement, she said.

Lecklider and Richard Gerber also thanked Boring for her long-time service to the community.

"I learned an awful lot from you over the years," Gerber said.

"I don't think most people understand the sacrifice to serve," Lecklider said. "We do it because we love it."

Thanks went to fellow council members and city staff from Boring.

"Thanks to everyone who comes to work every day to make Dublin what it is," she said.

Although looking forward to retirement, Boring said her years on council were fun.

"It's hard to know what to say because it's been a good time," she said.