Francis Toscana has served the city of Deadwood for 22 years; 10 on the city Commission and 12 as Mayor. But after five successful bids the mayor of Deadwood plans to step down at the end of his term.
"It's been a great ride and I really enjoy it," said Mayor Toscana.
News of him not running for a sixth bid next April comes as a shock to those who know and have worked with Toscana since he was first elected in 2001.
"We may disagree up here as a Council person but when we step down from here, we've always been friends," said GeorgeAnn Silvernail, a city council member and long-time friend of Toscana's.
"I've got to know him on a personal basis and professional basis and I enjoyed working with him and will be sad to see him go," said Police Chief Kelly Fuller.
"He's actually hinted about it for over a year now but I thought he was just kidding," added Public Works Director Jim Raysor. "But you know life goes on and I wish him well. He's gone a great job for the City."
Toscana says he plans to keep contributing to the City. He'll continue to manage the Lead/Deadwood Sanitary District when his part-time gig as mayor expires next year.
"I just decided it was time for me to step down and let somebody else take charge," said Toscana.
Until that happens, just about everyone at Monday's county commission meeting said they were happy to follow his lead.
Deadwood's mayoral election will take place April 9, 2013 with the new mayor starting in May. For those interested in running for mayor, the City Finance Office will accept petitions in February.