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ONLY ON 9: Ihlenfeld speaks after announcing resignation

WTOV

The U.S. attorney serving the Northern Panhandle has decided to resign.

William Ihlenfeld II will be done on December 31.

“It wasn't easy and I spent a lot of time thinking about it and obviously there is going to be a change in administration in Washington and that informed my decision, but I've been doing this for six and a half years and I had a great run and with the help of everyone in my office, together we've accomplished a lot,” Ihlenfeld said.

The announcement that he'll finish up his more than six-year term this year was made Monday.

“People in the know, it's not a surprise to them. I had people ask what are you going to do next, but ultimately I decided it would be best to move on and let the new administration pick a new U.S. attorney for the Northern District," Ihlenfeld said.

Despite an end to this run, Ihlenfeld hasn't ruled out a future in politics.

“I've always wanted to be involved in public service, prosecuting attorneys, I really do enjoy public service. Whether it's politics, I don't know, certainly not today. If the opportunity came up down the road, I might consider it,” he said.

For now, he's content to stay in the Mountain State and spend more time with his family.

“I will go back into private practice. I will also stay invested in the drug issue. I'll work with state officials in West Virginia. I'm in a transition committee. I hope after the committee’s work is done to spend time with family before I dive back into things," Ihlenfeld said.

Now that the news is official, leaders in D.C. must select an acting U.S. attorney.

Ihlenfeld said that he would like to see efforts to crack down on white collar crime continue.

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