ROMULUS, Mich. -

After serving the City of Romulus for 33 years in various capacities, Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert announced he will not seek a fourth term as the top elected officer in the city.

"After working for the community that I love for the past three decades, it’s with a heavy heart that I announce I will retire at the end of my term," Mayor Lambert said. "After talking with my family, saying many prayers and giving the decision deep thought, I have decided to retire and not seek a fourth term. After 33 years of service, it’s time for me to spend more quality time with my family."

May 14 is the deadline to file petitions to seek elected office in Romulus and most communities in Michigan. A city primary election would take place on August 6. A General Election is scheduled for November 5.

From 1988 to 2001, Mayor Lambert proudly served as a Romulus police officer. From 1998 to 2001, Mayor Lambert was elected and served on the Romulus Board of Education, serving as trustee and then president of the Romulus Community School Board.  

Lambert was elected Mayor of Romulus in the fall of 2001 and is serving his 12th year as Mayor.

"While I am proud of our achievements, I have been fortunate to work with some outstanding individuals on a daily basis," Mayor Lambert said. "I have been blessed by the support of Romulus voters since Day One and I can’t thank them enough for providing me the honor to guide our wonderful city. I’ll still be around and remain active in the community I love. I will always feel that Romulus is a great place to live, work and raise a family."

The center of controversy

Last month the Romulus City Council asked Lambert to resign or, at the very least, take a leave of absence.

The council's decision comes just one week after Michigan State Police raided Lambert's home as part of an ongoing investigation into public corruption.

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At that time Lambert sent a letter to council saying: "If or when I feel I should step down, I will. Until then, my intention is to continue to serve as mayor and to do what is the best interest of the city of Romulus."