It’s official, City Commissioner Isaac “Ike” Robinson, Jr., said Monday: He won’t seek reelection when his term expires in March 2015.
Robinson had told colleagues at a July 1 workshop that “I’m term limiting myself” and he wouldn’t seek a ninth term. Later he said his decision was “not etched in stone.”
But Monday, he told The Palm Beach Post, “I’m positive that after 15 good years of service to my city, that I can walk away.”
Robinson said he’s checked the records and he’d be the longest-running commissioner in city history when his term expires in 2016.
The 76-year-old retired in 1992 after three decades as a school administrator. He spent six years as case manager and crisis counselor for the West Palm Beach police truancy interdiction program.
First elected to the commission in 1999, he’s been opposed only twice and was elected without opposition this January. He served a rotation as city commission president from 2001 to 2002.
West Palm Beach voters in March 2012 approved term limits of four two-year terms, meaning Robinson would be eligible to serve another four terms.
The U.S. Army veteran, graduated from Florida A&M University and earned a master’s degree at Florida Atlantic University.