Two long time members on City Council were honored Thursday night for their dedication and service.
J. Marlyne Whaley and Gerry Fausnaught were recognized by resolution for their service with distinction.
The first woman council president and first black resident to serve on council, Whaley was president of council for four years and served on council for 12.
She served all aspects of city government, particularly in matters pertaining to finances, according to resolution read aloud by Councilman Bill Hall.
In brief remarks, Whaley acknowledged she is "outspoken," but she said she always "tried" and put the city's needs ahead of all else.
Whaley said "being a child of God," also mattered to her.
Serving and providing leadership on numerous committees and boards, Whaley was on committees for finance, historic preservation, economic revitalization, fair housing and public works.
She also worked on boards related to fire pension, officer and employees pension, police pension and was a representative on the STEP and Greater Williamsport Alliance.
Fausnaught, who also noted how much her faith mattered to her, offered the city a wish list consisting of a number of hopes for the city future.
One of these highlights included her desire for cooperation between the council and administration and, when there were disagreements, that dialogue and questions could be made without anger setting in on either side.
Fausnaught worked on numerous committees, including public safety, which she chaired over the past four years, finance and downtown enhancement.
Fausnaught also served on the recreation commission, the Coalition for a Crime Free Community, municipal school tax advisory board and Greater Williamsport Alliance.