Buxton councillor John Faulkner will not stand for re-election in May 2015, he has announced.
Cllr Faulkner has represented the Burbage ward on High Peak Borough Council since 2003, but is moving back to Cheshire with his wife.
He will continue representing his constituents, however, until the next election.
Cllr Faulkner has had a variety of roles within the council, and served as leader of the authority in 2007. More recently, he has been a member of the Audit Committee and the Development Control Committee.
He said: “For the most part I have enjoyed my time as a councillor. It is quite a commitment but it has been a privilege to serve the community.
“The issues have been varied including supporting people in need, refuse, street cleaning, recycling, environmental issues, planning and many others.
“However, it is more than that as I have tried to offer a degree of community leadership when necessary on both borough matters as well as wider issues.”
Originally a Conservative councillor, since August 2010, Cllr Faulkner has been an independent member of the authority, working closely alongside fellow independent councillor Linda Baldry.
He is keen to speak to anyone who would like to stand for the borough in May 2015 and can be contacted on 01298 27570. Cllr Baldry can be contacted on 01298 24204.