BRIGANTINE — Mayor Philip J. Guenther, who has been in office for 26 years, said Wednesday he will not run again.

Serving as mayor of his hometown “has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” he said in a news release making the announcement.

Guenther is the superintendent of the Atlantic County Special Services and Vocational School Districts and will continue in that position, he said.

First elected to Brigantine City Council in 1990, he was appointed mayor two years later, and first elected mayor in 1993.

Guenther said he is proud of many improvements under his watch, including construction of the Atlantic City–Brigantine Connector; the preservation of the 180-acre Brigantine Beach Golf Links; a Land Use Ordinance limiting overdevelopment; construction of the North End Seawall; beach-replenishment projects; and construction of the Brigantine Community Center.

But he said he is most proud of the city’s response to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy and “the massive recovery and rebuilding effort that followed.”

Hundreds of Brigantine homes have been elevated or reconstructed to new FEMA standards, he said, and millions of dollars in grant funds were secured by city professionals working with local volunteers and state and local representatives.

Guenther serves on the Brigantine Planning Board, Board of School Estimate and the Economic Development Commission.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the people of Brigantine for their support and trust,” Guenther said. “I believe that I am leaving Brigantine in an excellent fiscal condition, as we have been able to reduce taxes for the past three years, and our infrastructure has been updated and modernized.”

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