Distinguished Careers on Livingston City Council: Mayor Ben Ogletree Jr. (left) and Councilman Gene Bush
End of an Era, Ben R. Ogletree, Jr. Holds Last Livingston City Council Meeting as Mayor, LIVINGSTON, May 13, 2008 - Mayor Ben R. Ogletree, Jr. and Councilman Gene Bush both stepped down today after Livingston City Council meeting was held at City Hall. Ogletree served for 32 total years on Livingston City Council, 22 years as Mayor. Bush served as a city councilman for 22 years. In recent years, they're leadership helped pave the way for the building of a new City Hall and Police Department. In his farewell speech, Ogletree praised the voters of Livingston for consistently voting in good leaders who, in addition to being on City Council, were also private business men who know how to run a business, and that city government should be run like a business. Both men were given proclamations to conclude their years of service to the City of Livingston. Among others in attendance were, Ben Ogletree III with his Wife Tammy and their children, Gaffney Phillips, Corky Cochran, Matt Parrish, Sam Gordon (who served for 22 years as City Manager), Mark Taylor, and Livingston Police Officer Leon Middleton. Also in attendance was newly elected Mayor, Clarke Evans, and the rest of Livingston City Council.