Dyersville Mayor Jim Heavens, left, swears in Marc Casey to the position of city attorney Jan. 2, 2018.

A long-serving attorney for the City of Dyersville has announced his retirement and subsequent resignation from his post as Dyersville’s chief legal counsel.

On Sept. 30, Marc Casey will officially resign, according to a letter to the Dyersville City Council, in part to spend more time with family.

“After 46 years as a resident of Dyersville, I will be retiring and my wife and I will be relocating to the Kansas City area to be closer to our two children and granddaughter,” Casey wrote.

Except for two brief periods, Casey has served as the Dyersville City Attorney since 1974, marking nearly a half-century of service.

“During this time I have assisted numerous mayors, council members and administrators as they moved the community forward to what it is today: a modern progressive city which is the envy of many similarly sized (and larger) communities,” Casey wrote.

In his absence, Casey said George Davis will be able to carry on with any issues the city may face “seamlessly.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as city attorney for these many years and I wish you all the best as you continue with the many exciting projects currently in progress,” Casey wrote.

Mayor Jim Heavens, who also has many years of service to the city under his belt, said he wanted to thank Casey for his counsel over the years and wished him the best in his future endeavors.

Heavens then quipped with Casey’s resignation, that makes veteran councilman Mike English the “undisputed longest city servant.”

English, who has worked with Casey a lot over the years, also wished to express his gratitude for Casey’s service.

“He did a lot of great things and went through a few battles with us and did a wonderful job,” English said. “I appreciate everything he’s done for the City of Dyersville. Thanks Marc.”