Stephen Pleasnick has announced his retirement from New Albany City Council effective Dec. 31.

Stephen Pleasnick has announced his retirement from New Albany City Council effective Dec. 31.

Pleasnick has served on council for 20 years. Prior to that, he spent two years on the city's planning commission and another two years on the board of zoning appeals.

He retired in 1999 from his role as superintendent of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Pleasnick said he is stepping down because he wants to spend more time at his summer home in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and he doesn't believe he can do so while remaining on City Council.

"You can't be the community-service person if you're not going to be here in attendance," he said.

Pleasnick said he will keep his home in New Albany.

City spokesman Scott McAfee said he doesn't know yet about how the city will go about replacing Pleasnick.

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