District Attorney General Chuck Crawford of Lincoln County abruptly announced his resignation Thursday morning, saying he was "physically and emotionally drained,"
The statement released this morning stated that his resignation would be effective on July 31.
The statement reads as follows:
"I have advised Gov. Haslam of my intentions to resign as District Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial District effective July 31, 2012," Crawford said in a statement.
"My decision is based on my belief that the people of this District have the right to a District Attorney who is able to give one hundred percent of himself to the demands of the office. Over the past several years, I have been involved in the prosecution of numerous tough cases. As a result, I find myself physically and emotionally drained, and I am not convinced that I am able to give the citizens of this District the uncompromised enthusiasm they deserve during the remaining two years of my term. Rather than risk that, I have chosen to resign.
"It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties as District Attorney. I am proud of the service my staff and I have provided over the last several years.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who demonstrated faith in my abilities by electing me. I also want to thank my staff who have worked tirelessly in the pursuit of justice. And, most of all, I want to thank my wife and family, who have been there for me on every step of this journey."