“Being your mayor for the past eight years has been a privilege and a joy of a lifetime. I enjoyed meeting people and creating lasting relationships throughout our diverse neighborhoods.

“As I prepare to leave office when the clock strikes midnight, I am reflecting on everything we were able to accomplish together.

“Houston became a national model in the fight against homelessness, we built more affordable housing and lowered the crime through the One Safe Houston initiative.

“I thank Houstonians for giving me, a kid who grew up in Acres Homes, a chance to transform our Houston for the better. On this final day of 2023, my desk inside City Hall is now clear.”