Wallaceburg Coun. Jeff Wesley has decided what he’s going to be focusing on professionally after his political career wraps up later this year.

Wesley announced last week he is retiring from Union Gas after 34 years.

“In life it is important to have dreams (for your career, family etc.) and you should follow those dreams,” Wesley wrote in a letter.

“It is your dreams that define your life. I feel very fortunate to have achieved two of my three career dreams. Who would have thought that back in 1985 a first term Councillor would have had the honour of serving his community for over 24 years in an elected capacity? Who would have thought that back in 1984 a new Union Gas employee would go on to a challenging and fulfilling 34 year career?”

Wesley said effective December 1, 2018 he will join the ranks of retired Union Gas employees, with his last day of work being November 30.

“It is out of respect for Union Gas and my fellow employees that I am giving this much notice,” he said.

“In pursuing my third career dream I have accepted an offer for full time employment, working as a lawyer, with local law firm Carscallen, Reinhart, Mathany, Maslak, Anderson with offices in Chatham and Wallaceburg… and yes my daughter Lindsey Anderson is a partner there.”

Wesley said between now and December 1 he will start to transition into his new career.

He had announced last summer that he would also not be seeking re-election in 2018 for his spot on Chatham-Kent Council.

“Thank you to everyone at Union Gas who has been so supportive and so kind over the years. I will miss you all!”