Created: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:24:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:39:49 EST
Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election to the Mayor's Office, instead he will seek the Post 1 At-Large seat on the Warner Robins City Council.
"Emotionally you still want to be the mayor, but you got to look at the future, and I've always been a visionary for our city and for (my) personal life," Shaheen said.
Shaheen cited two main reasons for his decision. The chance to return to a job working for a private medical company, and the Warner Robins City Charter.
"We're not a strong mayor and we're not a weak mayor, you're a full time mayor with no authority," Shaheen said.
One local business owner says Shaheen played the role as the city's ambassador well, but he's hopeful for the future in Warner Robins.
"He'll still be actively involved and like I said we still have some great candidates coming up for mayor so, all is good," said John Mitchell, owner of John's Mexican Restaurant.
Shaheen says his biggest gripe with the charter is that current city council members keep amending it to chip away his mayoral authority. If he's elected to council, shaheen says he will spearhead a referendum to change the charter for good.
"The charter has got to change ... I think the people need to decide," Shaheen said.