KENNESAW — The Kennesaw City Council voted to remove several reminders of a part of the city’s past that officials described as shameful on government buildings around the city.

Councilman Jim “Doc” Eaton spearheaded the effort to remove former mayor and council member Leonard Church, who left office in disgrace after pleading guilty to child molestation charges in 2015, from several building dedication plaques around the city.

Though Church is currently serving an 18-year sentence at Long State Prison southwest of Savannah, his name remains on five plaques on Kennesaw buildings, and, until recently, his photo was in a place of honor among the city’s other mayors in the council chambers.

The council approved removing his name and photo last Monday.

His photo has already been removed from the council chambers, but fix-ing the plaques will take more time.