Since 2002 Bismarck residents witnessed the largest growth spurt in the city's history.
Employers created nearly 15-thousand jobs and tax revenues more than doubled.
2002 is the year Bismarck residents elected John Warford their mayor.
Wednesday he announced he won't be running for that office again.
Mike Chaussee shares some perspective on Warford's time in office from some of the people who worked most closely
"I noticed on the national news that former president Bill Clinton has a 71 percent approval rating. I don't want to brag, but mine is higher."
Humility aside -- He is well liked...and his achievements well received...
Governor Jack Dalrymple, says Warford was at his finest during the flood of 2011..
"I saw him pretty much every day for weeks on end..he will be missed," says Dalrymple.
"My experience with his very calm demeanor and his love of Bismarck, that was a great comfort to people in very uncertain times," says former Bismarck City Commissioner Connie Sprynczynatyk.
Other big stories in Bismarck during Warfords term included the building of
Liberty Memorial Bridge,
The Civic Center expansion,
The new airport terminal,
and the emergence of Downtown...
"In short, he's been supportive. He knows when to be involved and better yet, when not to be involved. And that's a trait of a great leader," says Brian Ritter of the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association.
"John really was a competitor, still is a competitor - he never would admit defeat on anything," says Dalrymple.
Big shoes for the next mayor to fill.
"I'm sorry to be a disappointment to you but there have been no scandals," says Warford.
Mike Chaussee KX News.
Election day is June 10th.