After serving on Edmonton’s City Council for nearly two decades, Councillor Bryan Anderson announced Monday that his current term would be his last on council.

The Ward 9 councillor announced Monday that he would not run in the next municipal election.

Anderson said he loves the job, but after 19 years, he wants to leave while he still enjoys it.

“I hope I’ve been wise, and when I walk out the door, I hope people say: ‘He was helpful’,” Anderson said.

Before entering municipal politics, Anderson worked for 34 years as a teacher and coach in the Edmonton Public School system.

He was first elected to represent Ward 5 in October 1998, serving in that ward alongside Larry Langley (until 2004), Mike Nickel (2004-2007) and Don Iveson (2007-2010), when the city switched from six wards to twelve wards in 2010, he was elected to represent the new Ward 9.

The next election has been set for October 16.