Council member John Olshefski spoke at a news conference at 11 a.m. at Huntsville City Hall right now. The former Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander said the decision was difficult, but believes it is in the best interest of his constituents.
Olshefski recently took a job as Vice President of Customer Care with Huntsville Utilities. In doing so, he took heat from several people, including his constituents in south Huntsville, because he recused himself from votes involving the utility.
"I don’t take these concerns lightly, and after lengthy discussions with family, friends and colleagues, I decided it was best for all parties concerned if I complete my current term with the City Council, as I was elected to do, and not seek reelection to that office while employed by Huntsville Utilities," said Olshefski.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle stood alongside Olshefski as the District 3 Councilman announced he wouldn't run again.
“John is a fierce proponent for the residents and businesses in his district, and he has worked tirelessly to address their needs,” said Mayor Battle. “These advocacy skills are serving him well in his new role at Huntsville Utilities and are now benefiting citizens all across Huntsville.”
Olshefski was elected in 2010 after longtime District 3 Councilwoman Sandra Moon opted not run again. He said he deeply appreciates the support and encouragement he has received from colleagues, family, and community.
“I am both honored and proud of the opportunity you have given me and the job I have done,” said Olshefski. “I will continue to serve you through my position with Huntsville Utilities and hope you all know that I will continue to work in the community’s best interest as long as I am blessed with the opportunity to do so.”