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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon announced his resignation Friday afternoon.
In a statement, Dillon said he is stepping down because of potential distraction over acrimony from his recent divorce.
Dillon, 51, says his family deserves privacy and residents deserve to know the state treasurer is "not distracted by such issues and events."
Dillon, a Democrat and former state House speaker, was named treasurer by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011. He thanked Snyder and said he has "tremendous respect" for him.
"He's had a difficult year personally, and he really is at a point where he feels the lion's share of the hard work as state treasurer he's not only accomplished, but he's got in a position for someone to now take over the reigns and he can get his family out of the media," said Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a CEO with Truscott Rossman.
This decision comes the day after he was questioned under oath about the Detroit Bankruptcy Case.
He has been heavily involved in efforts to turn around deficit-ridden cities and school districts. Dillon said he will continue in his post and assist with the transition of his yet-to-be-named successor. He will step down officially as of November 1.
Governor Snyder appointed Dillon in 2011 and says he accepts Dillon's resignation, but with regret. In a statement he release, Snyder said, "Andy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Michigan and we're a stronger state because of his dedication, expertise and leadership. I respect his decision to seek new opportunities."