Hansen, who has had diabetes for 42 years, said while his health is currently good, he wants to maintain that. He admits the job of commissioner is time consuming and stressful.
Hansen was bitten by the political bug as an 18-year-old back in 1972 when his football coach, who was also the mayor of Sunset, nominated him to be a delegate at the county convention.
Since then Hansen has served as a city council member and commissioner.
He said he has been mulling over the decision to not run for office again for some time. "It wasn't an overnight decision."
Even before Hansen's announcement, Randy Minson, a West Point resident announced he will run for a commission seat.
Looking back on his time with the commission, Hansen lists among his accomplishments consolidating Aging Services into the Health Department and Animal Services into the Sheriff's Department. Those consolidations saved county taxpayers about $500,000 without sacrificing services, Hansen said.
He also points to the Events Center. "Working with Dave (Hansen) and Curtis (Koch) have been great. They really made this thing a success," Hansen said, explaining that they've brought in national dog shows which have reduced the deficit and improved the economic impact over the past three years.
Hansen said that when seniors at the three senior centers complained about the quality of food, he worked with the Sheriff's Department to have the new vendor that provides meals at the jail also provide meals to the centers that meet dietary guidelines. "The quality of the food is better and the complaints to the commission office have ceased," he said.
He said he supported economic development and tourism, and the DATC by setting up and funding a scholarship for the sons and daughters of fallen military, police and firefighter heroes as well as single mothers trying to further their education.
In his final year in office, Hansen said he would like to pursue grants and other funding for infrastructure improvements. He said he recently heard from Rep. Rob Bishop's office of a grant for flood channel improvements.
Currently he has no plans for the future, "It's wide open," he said. But he also promised that he will always stay involved.