After 27 years in office veteran city councillor Grant Gibson (Ward 1-5) has announced he will not seek re-election in the Fall.

Gibson first became a city councillor in 1991 after the passing of his father Chris Gibson.

Gibson has served on council for eight terms, and during this one in particular Gibson sat on the faction of council that typically stood against Mayor Linda Jeffrey, including the controversial Hurontario-Main LRT project.

“We have faced a lot of challenges and had a lot of successes. But this job is about the people we represent and I have found my greatest enjoyment when I am working with my constituents to find solutions to their problems. That’s why I ran for office in the first place; to help my neighbours,” Gibson said in council on Wednesday.

During his 8 terms, Gibson has served as chair for community services, building, and bylaw, planning and budget committee and was appointed to regional council in 2006.

Gibson’s retirement leaves a seat open in wards 1 and 5.