Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess has decided to not seek a fourth term next year.

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Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess has decided to not seek a fourth term next year.

The former radio reporter, police officer and communications consultant said he made the choice after talking with his wife last week during a work trip to Germany.

“It’s time for somebody else to step in,” Burgess said. “I will have had 10 years on the council. I was elected three times. It’s time to move on.”

Burgess had been weighing the decision for some time. He registered a campaign with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission in preparation for a 2017 bid.

Last month, housing activist Jon Grant, who lost an underdog bid against Burgess in 2015, announced he would again run for Position 8, Burgess’ citywide seat.

“Do I want to serve four more years and be 73 when that term is over? Or do I want to think about something else?” Burgess said.

First elected in 2007, Burgess has in recent years sought to check the influence of his more activist colleagues, including Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Some of his stances have opened him up to attacks from the left: In their race last year, Grant portrayed him as too conservative for Seattle.

The same stances have won Burgess support from voters who consider his colleagues too radical. He beat Grant by 10 percentage points.

Burgess has mostly been an ally of Mayor Ed Murray on the council.

“I like to view myself as a calming voice and someone focused on the facts,” the Queen Anne resident said. “I’ve heard people say, ‘Gosh, Tim you’re the only adult on the council.’ To which I respond, ‘Well, I am the oldest.’ But I just don’t think those kind of judgments are productive, really.”

Burgess said he’s most proud of his work on early- childhood education, police reform and pushing the city to fund only the best programs.

The Seattle native has been an evangelist for the Nurse Family Partnership, which sends nurses into the homes of first-time mothers living in poverty.

And he was a primary architect of the taxpayer-subsidized preschool pilot that Seattle voters approved in 2014.

Burgess said making that program permanent will be a priority of his next year.

The council member, who ran for mayor in 2013 before dropping out and endorsing Murray, helped the mayor pick Kathleen O’Toole as Seattle’s new police chief.

And he pushed legislation to repeal a longtime ban on the city hiring police commanders from outside Seattle’s department. The ban had “served to perpetuate the incompetence of the police department,” Burgess said.

State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, praised the council member Monday on Twitter.

“Thank you for your service,” Carlyle wrote. “Moral authority, personal integrity, high impact public service that lifts up our city’s civic life.”

Burgess has no successor in mind, he said.