ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. — West Feliciana Parish President Kevin Couhig is retiring.

Couhig took office in 2013 as the parish’s first president, and announced Monday that he will leave office Dec. 10, the Advocate reported . He said he hopes to spend more time traveling and enjoying his four grandchildren.

Couhig helped move the parish from a police jury system of governance to a parish council. As president, he has repeatedly tried to get support for new neighborhood developments, more businesses and other growth opportunities to help increase the tax base that he warned was not keeping pace with the demand for services.

Other officials and residents often pushed back against Couhig’s vision, pointing to St. Francisville’s historic roots and rural feel in comparison to the congestion of Baton Rouge. Last week, the Parish Council bucked a request from Couhig to ask voters to rededicate sales taxes from the local hospital to roads and bridges instead.

Couhig also recently faced a lawsuit from the St. Francisville Board of Aldermen, who objected to his replacement of windows in the town’s 115-year-old courthouse, which sits in a historic district.

“I certainly don’t like, sometimes, the ugliness of politics,” Couhig said Monday. “No one in their right mind would like that. But I’m not worn down. I’m just ready to go on to the next phase of my life.”

Before he became parish president, Couhig worked as assistant secretary of economic development for former Govs. Dave Treen and Edwin Edwards. His run as a Republican for parish president was his first time to seek public office, and he said he tried to bring a business-like approach after decades running the investment firm Source Capital, LLC.

Couhig said he was proudest of implementing a new form of government in West Feliciana, and a long-fought fight with the Louisiana Tax Commission to give West Feliciana more money in taxes collected from an Entergy nuclear plant in St. Francisville. He announced two months ago that the parish would receive $6.6 million in the next year after the commission changed the way the power plant’s taxes were split, which he called “a significant win.”

Until retiring, Couhig said he will continue to push for funding for infrastructure.

“I want to have a continuing conversation with the public about the need for roads and bridge repairs and maintenance and to set out some options for financing that into the future,” he said. “We don’t currently have the right resources for how we could put those in place.”