After 14 years on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, a termed-out Rose Jacobs Gibson stepped down from the dais Tuesday.
"I leave knowing that I did all I can do with the length of time I had, and I think that's the best that we can do," Jacobs Gibson said.
Under the county charter, supervisors are prohibited from serving more than three consecutive terms in office.
Jacobs Gibson, a former East Palo Alto council member, was appointed to the District 4 seat in 1999 and elected to her first four-year term in November 2000.
Warren Slocum, Jacobs Gibson's replacment, was sworn into office at a special board of supervisors meeting in Redwood City on Monday night.
Slocum, the county's former chief elections officer and assessor-county clerk-recorder, won the District 4 seat in November with 54.7 percent of the vote.
At Tuesday's meeting, Jacobs Gibson's fellow supervisors, county officials and some members of the public offered words of praise and farewell to the outgoing supervisor.
Supervisor Adrienne Tissier recalled that when she first joined the board, she served on a committee with Jacobs Gibson on a cause the District 4 supervisor has championed -- re-entry services for formerly incarcerated individuals.
"I remember you were so passionate about your goals. You saw an opportunity to improve people's lives," Tissier said. "It was truly a great lesson for me here on the board."
Jacobs Gibson was also lauded for her work on issues such as home foreclosures, childhood obesity, public safety and health care for low-income residents.
Jacobs Gibson kept her final remarks brief Tuesday, noting that she was touched by the outpouring of support she received last year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She recently announced she underwent surgery and has overcome the disease.
The outgoing supervisor also expressed strong concern over the voter-approved November ballot measure that requires supervisors to be elected by district instead of countywide. Jacobs Gibson said she feared that future supervisors would focus only on their constituents' needs and not those of the whole county.