Councillor Sheldon Germain announced will not seek re-election this fall.
Germain first ran for a Ward 1 seat in 1996 and he has served six terms on council.
He wrote in a press release that this was a difficult decision, but was made with considerable reflection.
“This is the right time to step away and focus on my family. My children are 13, 13 and 11 years of age and this is a time I don’t want to miss as I watch them grow and thrive every year. I look forward to developing an expanded role at Holy Trinity with the support of my colleagues and the Fort McMurray Catholic School District, including increased leadership of the Sport Academy Program,” said Germain.
Germain said that he is stepping away from office for the time being.
“I am very much open to a return to public office in the future, when the time is right for my family. In the meantime, I will be looking for opportunities to serve on community boards and committees as I find new ways to support our region,” he added.
Germain noted accomplishments from council such as, the recovery effort and the development of MacDonald Island.