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LEWISTON – Town Councilman Ernest C. Palmer announced Friday that’s he resigning his seat and doesn’t expect to reappear in the political arena.

“I have no desire to be a public figure,” said Palmer, 54, who was a police officer for 28 years, including stints as chief of police and chief of detectives in Niagara Falls and police chief in Youngstown. He joined the Town Board in 2007 and had almost two years left on his current term.

Palmer, a Republican, said his decision to resign, effective next Friday, had nothing to do with his loss to Supervisor Dennis J. Brochey Sr. in last November’s election.

“I have no ill will toward anyone,” Palmer said. “I want to retire and travel and do other things without being bound to a schedule.”

Palmer also is a tax accountant and wants to devote some time to building up his business.