City Commissioner Isaac “Ike” Robinson, Jr., told colleagues Monday he won’t seek an eighth two-year term when his current one expires in March 2015.
Robinson said at a city workshop Monday, “I’m term-limiting myself.”
Later, he was less definite, saying, “it’s not etched in stone.” He added, “I may change my mind. But right now that’s what I’m thinking about.”
Robinson, 76, 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.
Robinson would be eligible to serve another four 2-year terms.
“There is no one thing that will cause me to do this (step down),” Robinson said. “I’ve had 15 good years. If I decide in December to seek another term, I have an option of doing it.”
Robinson has worked with numerous committees, including the one for the West Palm Beach Housing Authority. He also has been active in the League of Cities at the national, state and local levels and is past president of the local organization.
“If that was his choice (to step down), that would be our loss,” Palm Beach County league executive director Richard Radcliffe said Monday.
“He’s done so much for young people, getting them involved in government,” Radcliffe said. “He’s right in there on a lot of stuff; he’s into the bayonet fighting. I mean, he’s right there in the trenches.”
Robinson, a U.S. Army veteran, graduated from Florida A&M University and earned a Master’s Degree at Florida Atlantic University. When he first ran for the commission, his resume included work with Red Cross and the Human Rights Committee. He’d also been president of the Spencer Lakes Property Owners’ Association.