PANAMA CITY- Family, friends and city officials gathered at Panama City city hall Thursday morning to honor City Manager Kenneth Hammons.
"It's sort of a special day, no it's not, it's a very special day," said Kenneth Hammons, Panama City's City Manager.
Hammons received the "Dick Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Florida City and County Manager's Association.
He's been a board member for the state association, then as an officer and finally as president.
During his 35-year career, Hammons' has led by example.
"He's a quiet, unassuming leader. He has some rare qualities, a lot of people wish they had," said Greg Brudnicki, Panama City Mayor.
"I learned so much about city government and about management and what I would call quiet leadership from Ken," said John Kady, Panama City Commissioner.
Many credit him with giving panama city financially stability.
"Proud to see the support he has from the community and the love that has been shown to him to him from the city and from the many that have mentored him and he has had the opportunity to mentor," said Kevin Hammons, Hammons Son.
City leaders also presented Hammons with the key to the city.
Hammons is currently battling cancer and many say he is the key to the city.
"His deep rooted faith for the lord is a shining light and it shows every day in his life," said Billy Rader, Panama City Commissioner.
"We as public servants always remember our role as the public servant, not you the servant and me the public. And when we lose that sight, it's a short way out," said Kenneth.