Mayor Bill Ham announced he will not seek re-election or be a candidate in the upcoming August 24 Municipal Election.
Ham made the announcement at the annual Memorial Day Breakfast on Monday morning.
“What your confidence, trust and friendship over the years has meant to me can’t be measured,” Ham said at the breakfast according to OANow. “So, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in this important job as mayor. Now is the time for the city to move on with new leadership. Although I feel we have accomplished much, the best days for this community and this university lay ahead of us,” he told the audience.
Ham has led the city of Auburn since 1998 and has served five terms. Prior to that he served on the Auburn City Council for twelve years.
“I’m 64 years old, I’ve got grandkids, and I’ve got a few fish to fry, if you will. Some things I would really like to get done both business wise and family wise,” he told WSFA.
Ham received a commemorative eagle for 20 years of outstanding service to the Veterans Committee at the breakfast. He said he made the announcement at the memorial day breakfast out of respect for veterans and other leaders in attendance.
A member of the Auburn Veterans Committee and Auburn City Councilman, Dick Phelan said the announcement was unexpected. “Needless to say, we’re going to miss him, not only as mayor, but as leader of this community,” Phelan told the Auburn-Opelika news. “Congratulations on not only being a good mayor, but on being one heck of a guy.”