Philadelphia, February 11, 2019 – City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) on Monday issued the following statement on Majority Deputy Whip Bill Greenlee’s decision to retire from City Council after the end of the current term:
“I’ve worked with Majority Deputy Whip Bill Greenlee (At large) since we were both City Council staffers, and I can attest there has not been one day that he lost his heart for this job. While it saddens me personally to be losing him as a colleague, I know that Bill is practically incapable of sitting still and will find new and effective ways to serve the Fairmount neighborhood and beyond.
“Bill’s decades of service to this City are marked by his unparalleled work ethic, his devotion to lifting up the so-called little people, and his commitment to the integrity of this body. Few know the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure better than Bill, and few are so willing to risk bad publicity in service to principle (see his track record of “no” votes on symbolic resolutions).
“Philly is the best city in the Commonwealth for working people because of policies Bill Greenlee shepherded – from paid sick leave to wage protections – all while staring down powerful corporate forces. May his record of service be a guiding star for those who seek to follow in his footsteps. It is an honor to call Bill Greenlee a colleague, counselor, and friend.”
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Darrell L. Clarke represents the 5th Council District and serves as President of Philadelphia City Council, the 17-member legislative body of Philadelphia City government. A lifelong resident of North Philadelphia and an equitable housing and public education
advocate, Council President Clarke works to ensure that every neighborhood in Philadelphia is a community of choice.