Four-term representative Frank Galgay surprised colleagues and council watchers Monday night with a decision to bow out of municipal politics.
"There comes a time in one's life that one has to move on," Galgay, who has represented Ward 2 since first being elected in 1997, told reporters after Monday evening's regular meeting.
"I had served the city of St. John's extremely well for four terms, four elections, 16 years, and I think that's a very significant chunk of time in anybody's life."
Galgay follows Gerry Colbert and Debbie Hanlon in deciding not to pursue re-election in September's municipal election, ensuring that there will be a variety of new voices on the next council. Colbert has served almost 22 years on council, while Hanlon was first elected in a 2008 byelection.
Galgay said he will remain active on council and its various committees until his term ends in the fall.
He also said he is not sure what he will do next, and said he is willing to consider opportunities that include writing.
"It's unlimited what one can go into," he said.
While he is not planning to run at the provincial or federal level, he did not rule it out altogether.
"One doesn't rule out the possibility of running for public life in the future. At this moment in time, I'm giving no consideration to it," he said.