- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MARION, Ill. (AP) - The top prosecutor for three decades in southern Illinois’ Williamson County says he’s resigning within days.

WSIU Radio (https://bit.ly/WccZjT) reports Charles Garnati says in a resignation letter Tuesday to the county board’s chairman, Ron Ellis, “the time has come for me to step down,” effective next Monday.

Garnati is midway through his eighth term, and Ellis says Garnati suggested a successor.

Ellis adds that he’s working with local Democratic Party leaders on a consensus about who will close out the remainder of Garnati’s four-year term. Ellis declined to publicly name that person, other than to say he’s an attorney who doesn’t work in Garnati’s office.

Garnati says “it has been my great pleasure to serve” as the state’s attorney.

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