Payson councilor Andy Romance wanted to demonstrate leadership for his teenage children.
It was a driving reason behind his decision to vie for the council seat left vacant after George Barriger's resignation in March 2006.
At that time, the council unanimously supported his appointment after debating on two other candidates.
The civil engineer turned leader has announced that he will not seek re-election after his term ends in May 2008.
"I'm going to focus on my family and work right now," he said. "That would be the number one reason why I'm not running again."
Romance said it was important to him to provide his children with an example of a good leader.
"Leadership is not just having a good idea, but making it known," he said.
"Leadership is not complaining about each and every issue, but doing your part to make your neighbor's life better.
"Being a leader in local government has served its purpose."
His announcement comes with nearly nine months left in his term. Romance said he will still work on things he believes to be beneficial for the town.
"I will continue to work diligently until my current term concludes, being an instrument in making a positive difference for the people of Payson," he said.
Romance has been a long-standing member of the Payson community.
Prior to joining the council, he was a member of the Green Valley Redevelopment Area committee.
"Payson has been my home for the past 20 years and I hope to always contribute to a great community," he said.
"Please join me in supporting those with good attitudes for local government."