Newport Mayor Tim Geraghty has been in the job awhile: 2012 marks the fourth year of his fourth separate term in the office.

On Thursday - for the first time in almost a quarter-century in Newport municipal government - he'll be honored for his service as one of the city's leaders.

Geraghty will be among those presented Thursday with the League of Minnesota Cities' highest honor for elected officials, the C.C. Ludwig Award, at the League's annual conference in Duluth.

"I'm proud to receive it," Geraghty said earlier this week. "It's a good thing for the community, and the city and the businesses to be recognized, not just me."

First awarded in 1962, the award recognizes outstanding service among elected officials across the state, according to the League. It is named in honor of C.C. Ludwig, a former League of Minnesota Cities executive director.

The city nominated Geraghty for the award in May.

Geraghty received the honor, the League said in a statement, for "finding ways to accomplish complex projects, building stronger community partnerships and improving the quality of life while continually moving Newport toward the future."

Geraghty confirms re-election bid

Geraghty said Monday he intends to seek re-election this fall. It would be his fifth term as the city's mayor, and his second consecutive four-year stint after he defeated former Mayor Kevin Chapdelaine in 2008 to re-take the seat.

"I just want to keep us on the right path and be fiscally responsible," he said. "I think we've governed as efficiently as we can."

No others have publicly voiced plans for Newport City Council or mayoral runs this fall.

Geraghty said his No. 1 focus would continue to be commercial development in the city.

"I want to continue moving forward on the development projects going on," he said, including projects like the planned transit-oriented development around the proposed Red Rock Corridor commuter rail station near the confluence of Interstate 494 and U.S. Highway 61 and redevelopment of vacant commercial properties along Hastings Avenue.

Geraghty served as a Newport City Council member from 1984-93, and again from 2001-2008. He has served as mayor from 1994-2000 and 2009-present.