TROY, AL (WSFA) - He's been at the helm of the City of Troy for nearly three decades, but Friday Mayor Jimmy Lunsford publicly announced that will soon come to an end.
Mayor Lunsford, who's been in his current position with the city since 1982, said he will not seek re-election as the upcoming qualification deadline looms.
The move is not unexpected, however. The mayor indicated four years ago after winning that re-election that he was entering his final term.
Under his leadership, the city's budget has gone from $10 million in the 1980s to more than $52 million today. The Pike County city boasts a business foundation that includes major corporations such as Lockheed-Martin and Sikorsky as well as a major university, Troy University.
Lunsford holds the distinction of being Troy's longest serving mayor.