El Centro City Manager Abdel Salem has been on the job for 20 years, and people came out in force Monday to show their appreciation for all that he's done for the city.
City managers typically stay with the same city for an average of three to five years, Salem said.
"I've stayed this long with the city because I really do love this city," he said at a surprise celebration in his honor.
Besides having no reason to leave, Salem said he enjoys the heat and said he did not want to break up his children's friendships by moving to another city.
He was asked what his major accomplishments have been.
"I would say the financial stability of the city has been a major accomplishment for us under my administration," he said after the ceremony. "Over the years, we have been through ups and downs and lost funds that we used to rely on."