WEST Tamar mayor Barry Easther will officially retire at the end of this term.
Cr Easther told The Examiner this afternoon that after 31 years in local government, it was time to step aside.
He started on the then-Beaconsfield Council in 1983 as an Alderman, before it was renamed West Tamar Council in 1993.
He was made the warden of the council, what is now called the Mayor, in 1990.
Cr Easther is also the Local Government Association of Tasmania president, and announced he was stepping down from that role at the conference in Hobart two weeks ago.