Kenai City Council member Bill Frazer announced his resignation at Wednesday night's meeting.
He has accepted a job offer from a company in Phoenix, Ariz., and will move there in less than a month.
Frazer said it is his understanding that the council will leave his seat vacant until the October election.
"If they had wanted to appoint someone, I would have resigned earlier," Frazer said.
He described the appointment process as tougher than the elections.
Frazer first came to the council after being appointed to fill in for Hal Smalley, who was elected to the state House in 1998. Frazer then won election in 1999 to fill the last year of Smalley's term, and again in 2000 for a three-year term. His replacement will be elected in October and will serve out the last two years of the term before having to run again in 2003.
He said his job in Phoenix will be with an insurance brokerage, and he will specialize in construction bonds and insurance.
"This particular firm was a perfect fit for me," he said. "My leaving has nothing to do with the company I work for now, the city of Kenai or the citizens of Kenai."
He said he was not looking to leave the peninsula, where he's lived since 1985, but the job and the lure of year-round golf were attractive to him when the job offer came.
"I'm going to be 56 this year, and though I have no plans to retire, the move gives me the chance to live where I would if I were to retire," he said. "I love the desert, and I love golf."
Mayor John Williams said Wednesday night that the council will miss him.
"On behalf of the citizens of Kenai, I want to say it's been a pleasure to serve with you, and we will all miss your wise and astute comments."
Frazer will miss the July 5 council meeting and return for what will be his last meeting on July 18.
He said the heat of Arizona should not bother him too much, coming as he did from Sacramento, Calif.
"Down there, you live in an air-conditioned house, drive an air-conditioned car and work in an air-conditioned office," he said.
"Here we live in a heated house, drive a heated car and work in a heated office.
"It's no different, just the other way around. Just like we don't stand around here when it's 30 below, you don't stand around when it's 115 above down there."
Frazer said he is leaving at a time when the city is in great shape, with low taxes and a big savings account.
"We have wonderful services available here, which some people forget, and we never have to worry about how we're going to pay for them."
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