Councillor Brad Christensen's resignation from MidCoast Council was announced at council's ordinary meeting on Wednesday, August 25.
First elected to Greater Taree City Council in September 2012, Cr Christensen remained on council until the merge into MidCoast Council, and he has represented the community as a councillor until now.
"I've really enjoyed my time on council," Mr Christensen said at the council meeting.
"I know, in my heart, I'm here for the right reasons and that's why I've stood for council, all be that you're not going to please everyone, but I believe I've done the right thing for my community while I'm here.
"It's disappointing not to be able to continue but circumstances have changed and I can't continue.
"I wish this council all the best in moving forward."
Mayor David West thanked Cr Christensen for his service.
"On behalf of the MidCoast and community and the staff of MidCoast Council, I sincerely thank you for your significant efforts, and they have been significant, and your unquestioning commitment to the quality community outcomes. Congratulations, and you will be sadly missed in local government," he said.
It is understood Cr Christensen did not intend to contest this year's local government elections.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and lockdowns, local government electiions have been pushed back to December 4, 2021. The elections were originally to take place in September.
For more information on jhow local government elections work, www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Elections/How-voting-works/Voting-in-New-South-Wales/How-does-a-local-government-election-work.
Councils with mayors and deputy mayors elected by the public will hold elections for those positions in the local government elections in December.
However, as the positions of mayor and deputy mayor of MidCoast Council are elected by councillors, those positions will be elected at the September 22, 2021 ordinary meeting.