(State House News Service) -- After nearly three decades in office, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn will not seek a 15th term, he announced on Monday. McGlynn is currently the longest serving mayor in the state.

"Mayor McGlynn is a legendary leader and a tireless public servant. Whether it is building new schools, transforming polluted brownfields into Rivers Edge, or revitalizing areas like Station Landing, Mayor McGlynn is a mayor for ages," Sen. Edward Markey said in a statement. 

Wicked Local Medford quoted McGlynn, a former state representative, as saying, "We live in a great city with a diverse population, rich with history and I am grateful to all of Medford's residents for the privilege to serve them," McGlynn said. 

"I met President-Elect John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 9, 1961, at the State House with my father Jack McGlynn who was then the mayor and the state representative, and with my godfather/uncle state Rep. Michael Catino. That night, before bedtime, I told my father I wanted to be the mayor of Medford. He said, 'Go to bed, we will talk about it in the morning.' Thank you JFK, Dad and the city of Medford."