Commissioner Chad Giles has tendered his resignation from the City Commission of Arkansas City as of May 25.

“I do not take this decision lightly as I truly love this town and am honored to have served on the Commission,” Giles said in an e-mail to City Manager Nick Hernandez.

In 2011, Giles was elected to a two-year term as a city commissioner.

He ran again in 2013 and was elected to a four-year term, receiving the second-highest vote in the election.

Giles served as mayor from April 2014 to April 2016.

In an interview Thursday, he said that there were many factors that led to his decision to resign.

Among those reasons were his family and his law practice. “I feel like they deserve more of my time,” he said.

In his resignation email, Giles speaks highly of city staff.

“I truly believe that we have great individuals that form an even greater team that work for this city and the citizens. I am proud to have been part of the commission that hired our City Manager Nick Hernandez and am truly thankful for his commitment to this community,” he said.

“We have outstanding key personnel, including Chief Ward, Chief Wolfe, Tony Tapia and Tamara Niles just to name a few, that bring so much to the table and we are lucky to have them. We also have great front line staff that deal with all of our needs as citizens that we often forget. I simply cannot name them all. I am impressed and proud to be a small part of such a great community.”