CHICAGO—U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says it's "the right time" for him to step down from the job he's held for more than a decade.
Speaking to the news media Thursday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building, Fitzgerald admitted it was not an easy decision. But he said it's healthy for a change at the top.
Fitzgerald said he has not decided what he will do next, and that he will have to weigh his family responsibilities in considering his next career move.
When he was asked about the possibility of an elected poitical office, he said, "I'm not wired for political office."
Fitzgerald has served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for nearly 11 years. He announced Wednesday that he is stepping down on June 30.
He is Chicago's longest-serving U.S. Attorney.