Palo Alto officials will bid farewell to two department heads tonight when the City Council formally recognizes the services of City Attorney Gary Baum and Library Director Diane Jennings.
Baum, who joined the city in 2006, is stepping down at the end of this month to pursue a career in private practice.
The council plans to pass a resolution tonight thanking him for his "integrity honesty and professionalism," his "commitment to mentoring and supporting others" and his "compassion and dedication to service," which includes his pro bono work on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
The council plans to hold a closed session Tuesday night to discuss the recruitment process for Baum's replacement.
Jennings joined the city in 1986 and over the next two decades rose through the management ranks before becoming library director in 2006. Since then, she has helped shepherd Palo Alto's planned reconstruction of three city libraries, which culminated in the passage of Measure N in 2008.
The council's proclamation credits her for helping to "significantly upgrade the technology for resources and demonstrated tireless efforts to expand access to library resources" and commends her for working "diligently for the improvement, enhancement and renovation of all five Palo Alto libraries."
Earlier this month, the city announced that its library system has won the "America's Star Libraries" designation for the second straight year.
Jennings, a Palo Alto resident since 1986, plans to move to Santa Fe, N.M., after her retirement.
The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. or as soon as possible following a closed session on labor negotiation.