Recently, he's been grooming his ally town councilman Frank McCoy as a viable candidate as town Supervisor.
McCoy isn't likely to run unchallenged.
Others are seeking the post, apparently. Names mentioned around town, or those interviewed by the town Republican Committee for candidacy, include village entrepreneur John Carr, Jamie Green, former councilman George McGowan, Tom McKinney, and Fran Heinrich.
Tessier was known to respond to the needs of his constituents, particularly the elderly, Warren County Administrator Hal Payne said Tuesday.
"He's been a strong advocate for his constituents," Payne said. "Whether it's from his town or across the county, he's made decisions with their benefit in mind," Payne said noting that Tessier focused on health care and tourism.
Tessier was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer, and he underwent radiation treatments, which he completed eight months ago. He said Sunday that health considerations weren't what prompted him to retire from his post.
"I'm ready to spend time with my grandchildren," he said.