Despite a temporary change of heart, Bill Firman has concluded that politics isn’t for him.
The one-term councillor originally announced his intention not to seek re-election.
That decision did not sit well with some of his colleagues, who persuaded him back into the ring.
Now Firman is officially ready to retire and has therefore withdrawn his name from the ballot.
“I thought I better give someone else a chance,” said Firman, the lone incumbent who is not seeking re-election, but will complete the remaining three weeks on the job.
The 68-year-old criminal lawyer admits that he has had enough of politics.
“It takes a lot of time and I’m old and tired,” said Firman of the position that is subject to personal attack and constant criticism.
Several of Firman’s colleagues are sad to see him go.
“I think he made a great contribution,” said Coun. Richard Enns.
“I will miss Bill,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane. “He hasn’t necessarily said very much but when he does talk everyone listens.”