The mayor will spend the rest of his golden years spending time with family and friends.
Nestled some 30 minutes from Tallahassee sits the quaint town of Greensboro, a close knit community that some say seems to be lost in time, and for the past 50 years, Earl Willis has been the town's mayor who's been instrumental in bringing about change.
"We did not even have a fire truck just a two-wheeler with some hoses on it, and whoever got there to the fire first with a pickup truck we would hook it up and they would help out. Now we have two or three,” says Willis.
The1954 fire truck was the talk of the town when it was purchased. Now, the talk of the town is Willis' retirement. Folks say they'll miss his drive and dedication to the townspeople.
"I think the people in town are gonna miss him in respects that they can call him 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If they have a problem or complaint he would resolve it right then,” says Chief Morgan Markham of the Greensboro Police Dept.
For now Willis' solution is that the new mayor will carry on his legacy.
"We didn't have a lot of things we have now, hopefully we'll continue to grow,” says Willis.
Willis hopes his predecessor will follow in his footsteps by bringing about a positive change for the townspeople. Willis was also instrumental in installing a police department in 1996.
His term will end April 27.