The Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford, has announced he is stepping down from the role from Thursday 7 December because of personal commitments.
Councillor Clifford, who has served as Leader since 2016, will continue as a councillor for the Manor Park ward in Aldershot until the local elections next May.
His successor will be appointed at a full meeting of the council on 7 December.
Councillor Clifford joined Rushmoor Borough Council in 1991, serving as a councillor for the Queens ward (now Wellington ward) in Aldershot, then Empress ward in Farnborough before returning to Aldershot to the Manor Park ward.
During his time, he has held a number of committee chairmanships and served as Mayor of Rushmoor in 1999/2000. As Leader, he is also chairman of the Cabinet.
Councillor Clifford said: “I’ve had an amazing time as Leader of the Council and I’m immensely proud of what we've achieved over the last seven years, particularly on town centre regeneration, which is now well on the way to being delivered.
“It’s been a real privilege to serve the residents of Rushmoor and to work with some amazing people - council officers and councillors, as well as our brilliant partners in the voluntary sector, at the Garrison, our two outstanding colleges and our many outstanding and innovative local businesses.
“I will always be passionate about Aldershot and Farnborough, but now feels like the right time to pass on the leadership role to someone who can take forward the fantastic opportunities that lie ahead for our borough.
“For me personally, I’m looking forward to sharing a new chapter in my family life with my wife, Lizzie.”