Mayor Sam Adams, in his final week as city chief, said goodbye at his final city council meeting Thursday.
Adams announced he wasn't running for re-election back in July, becoming only the second mayor in the past 70 years to not seek a second term.
While there's no question Adams has had his ups and downs as mayor, he said he was honored to serve the city the past four years and that he worked hard to make a difference in the community.
The low point of his term came a week after he took office in January 2009. That's when Adams admitted to a sexual relationship with teenager Beau Breedlove in the summer of 2005. Adams said he didn't have sexual relations with the teen until after Breedlove turned 18 years old.
Ultimately, Adams decided not to resign as mayor. A Department of Justice investigation later found there was no evidence Adams committed a crime.
Adams later went on to re-work the Columbia River Crossing Project, take oversight of the Portland Police Bureau and make guest appearances on the show Portlandia.
Adams said he's most proud of his efforts to create jobs and lower high school dropout rates, but said the city still has a long way to go when it comes to stopping violence.
"I'm not satisfied that we've turned the corner on gangs. We've turned the corner on what feeds the gangs, what funds the gangs and I think the results of more safety, less gun violence will happen in the years to come," he said.
Adams said he hasn't decided what's next in his career, but he's looking forward to enjoying a new chapter in his life working in the private sector.
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