Ken Hammons Passes

PANAMA CITY, FL-- Longtime city manager Ken Hammons has died.

City officials say Hammons died Tuesday at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 68. Hammons was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and took a leave of absence in March to undergo treatment in Tampa and here locally.

Hammons served in government for a total of 35 years, as city manager in Dublin, GA and several other Florida cities before taking over as the Panama City City Manager. He served in that capacity for 20-years.

This video was taken in May when he received the "Dick Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Florida City and County Manager's Association. Hammons was a board member, officer and president of that organization.

Panama City's Mayor, Greg Brudnicki said, "it's a tribute to him to know that eventhough he passed, and he was sick and he hasn't been able to work for like the last month, the city kept rolling because he had so many good people that he hired around him. And that's a sign of a true leader and ken really was a good leader. I am going to miss him."

Ken Hammons is survived by two children and four grandchildren. They are making arrangements for his funeral.