Hamilton County District Attorney Bill Cox announced today he will not seek re-election next year.
Cox, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the criminal justice system, has served as district attorney since being elected in 1996.
Cox, 66, told the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club he is in good health, but he had concerns about his age if he sought another eight-year term.
"I just don't think it's fair for me to seek another term," Cox said.
After serving in the military, he joined the Chattanooga Police Department in 1972 and attended college. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his law degree from the Nashville School of Law.
He passed the Tennessee Bar exam and began working as a prosecutor for the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.