By Ted AYALA
Frank Quintero said good-bye to his life in public service last Thursday evening, April 11, and the city was there to give him a warm send-off.
Over 100 dignitaries, including outgoing mayor of Burbank Dave Golonski, Senator Carol Liu, and Rita Hadjimanoukian, who represented Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, were on hand to wish Glendale’s most recent mayor well.
Also on hand were members of the city council, including councilmember-elect Zareh Sinanyan. Councilmember Rafi Manoukian was not in attendance.
The dignitaries on hand each attested to Quintero’s dedication to public service.
“There was a deep spirit of mutual cooperation he fostered,” said Golonski. “[Quintero] built bridges between Glendale and Burbank. Your community and mine are stronger for it.”
“[Frank Quintero] has been a true leader for all of us,” added Assistant City Manager Yasmin Beers. “He set the tone for all of us from the top and he set the example so well. He’s such a humble human being, too. That’s what resonates most for me.”
The soon-to-be former mayor himself provided only laconic commentary, though was smiling throughout. He noted that his down-to-earth demeanor helped pave inroads for him into public service, making him accessible to others.
“Everybody knows me,” he said. “That’s why my career has succeeded.”
He also added that he hoped to continue staying involved with Glendale.
“But for now,” he said, “I just want to sit back and enjoy this beautiful city.”