Baker City Council member and former mayor Mike Downing announced during Tuesday’s Council meeting that he will be moving outside the city limits soon and will no longer be eligible to serve as a councilor.

His last meeting will be Feb. 25.

The city charter requires that councilors live within the city limits.

“I’ve had a great time on the council, been here for seven years now,” Downing said Tuesday. “I’ve had a lot of fun with it but I’ve had a lot going on these past seven years. It’s been a good learning experience but it’s time to focus more on my health. I’m on good recovery and road to remission for my leukemia but I need to spend more time with my kids.”

Downing served a two-year term as mayor, from 2017 to 2019.

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