Fairbanks dedicates city hall in honor of longtime powerbroker, chief of staff for 8 mayors


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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Fairbanks City Hall is now dedicated to a man who devoted his career to keep the city running.

A plaque renaming Fairbanks City Hall to Patrick B. Cole City Hall was unveiled at a midday ceremony Tuesday.

Cole, a chief of staff for eight Fairbanks mayors, liked to work behind the scenes. Ironically, he would have hated the idea of having the city hall named after him, Cole's younger brother, Dermot Cole, told the audience at Tuesday's dedication.

Patrick Cole died in November after undergoing a heart transplant. The Fairbanks City Council felt strongly about Cole's contribution to the city and voted to name city hall, the old Fairbanks Main School building, after him.

Dermot Cole said Tuesday that his brother was especially good at listening to people and he believed that the city government existed to serve the people.

"When I have an idea I want to bounce off somebody I always called him up and asked him. He would tell me if I was correct or not," Dermot told an audience that gathered at the steps of city hall. "Now I still think (to) myself I'm going to call him up and I remember . I can't."

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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