Ottawa city commissioner Emily Graves announced she will soon step down. Graves made the announcement Monday afternoon at the commission’s regular study session, hosted at Ottawa City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

“I will be stepping down at the end of July, or sooner if my fellow commissioners can find someone to take my seat,” Graves said.

Changes in her personal life made now the right time to exit public service, she said.

“We will be moving outside the city limits. It was a hard decision, but my kids are excited, and we are ready to have some space,” Graves said. “And I know somebody good will have this [seat on the commission], so I don’t worry.”

Graves has served on the commission for three years, first being appointed after the resignation of Sharon Giess. Graves was then re-elected in 2017.