Rochester, MN (KROC AM News)  - Rochester Council President Randy Staver will not seek another term.

He made the announcement Friday, saying “It’s time to step back a little and take a look at other opportunities.”

Staver served 10 years in elected office and previously 20 years on several city, county and state boards, and commissions. The retired Mayo Clinic employee says he recently took a part-time position with Rochester Township.

Staver said that part of his focus in his 2016 re-election was acknowledging that Rochester would be going through a significant transition as many key city leaders would be retiring. “I thought it was extremely important to bring new, talented individuals into the organization. I’m very proud of the people we’ve brought on board and they will help lead Rochester for years to come.”

Staver says he has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve the citizens of Rochester. “I campaigned from the very start in wanting to support growth and development in the city and I’ve done that.” In the past ten years, the city issued over 4,500 permits for new construction with a valuation of over $2.1 billion. Staver also watched as Destination Medical Center went from idea to reality and said he wanted to play a role in getting it off to a good start.

Staver said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife and family. “It’s been a great opportunity with many challenges and rewards. Being able to serve in the community where I grew up has been humbling. Now it’s time to move on and I have no regret."

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