(WXYZ) - Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon has announced that he is resigning from his position.
Dillon made the decision to resign after personal issues involving his recent divorce. The Treasurer will remain at this post to assist with a transition, once his replacement is chosen.
Friday afternoon, Dillon released a statement on his decision.
READ THE STATEMENT BELOW:
Please see the statement below, issued today, by State Treasurer Andy Dillon.
"It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have tendered my resignation to Governor Snyder. It has
become clear to me-- as it likely is to most -- that it is unfair to my family and the residents of Michigan,
to allow issues related to my recent divorce and the unfortunate acrimony associated with it to be a
continued source of media attention and scrutiny.
My family deserves privacy and our residents deserve to know their State Treasurer is not distracted by such issues and events. For these personal and professional reasons, I have determined it is in the best interests of all that I resign.
"I am deeply committed to Governor Snyder and have tremendous respect for him and his unbending
commitment to the people of Michigan. I want to thank the Governor for the opportunity to serve as
Treasurer and will work closely with his office to ensure a smooth transition to my successor.
"I have always considered it a privilege and honor to work on behalf of all Michigan residents and will
look back fondly on my years of service in Lansing."
GOVERNOR SNYDER ISSUED THIS RESPONSE:
"It is with regret but understanding that I accept Andy's resignation. He has been instrumental in many of the comprehensive reforms that are contributing to Michigan's comeback. Andy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Michigan, and we're a stronger state because of his dedication, expertise and leadership.
"We all can be proud of everything that Michigan has accomplished during the past three years. Working together, we've brought fairness and simplicity to Michigan's outdated tax system. We've worked collaboratively to help cities and schools deal with financial crises. His partnership with Detroit to assist in the city's turnaround is just one example of Andy's positive impact on Michigan. We've also worked with our local government partners to encourage greater service efficiencies that benefit taxpayers. A key reason for the success of these initiatives and others is Andy's commitment to Michigan's future. He embraced those challenges because he understands that these policies are critical to ensuring more and better jobs for families, and preparing our children for the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.
"Andy has demonstrated time and again that he was the right person at the right time to serve as treasurer. I respect his decision to seek new opportunities and offer my sincere gratitude for his years of selfless service to our state.
"I am pleased that Andy will remain available to assist the new treasurer with the transition. We are working to select a new treasurer and will share that announcement when the process is completed."