PONTIAC — After 27 years serving the city of Pontiac, Mayor Robert Russell is announcing his resignation, effective July 31.
“It’s been a privilege to serve this amazing and vibrant community,” Mayor Russell said Tuesday morning.
Russell has served as mayor of Pontiac since 2009, and before that he was on City Council for 17 years.
The 72-year-old said he didn’t intend to run for his current term, hoping to retire sooner, but no one ran against him.
After Russell’s departure, Pontiac City Council will have 60 days to appoint an interim mayor to serve out the remainder of Russell’s term. During that time, a Mayor Pro Tem will fill in during council meetings.
“You don’t do this for the money,” Mayor Russell laughed, “You do it for the love of the community.”
The next Pontiac mayoral election will be in 2021.