LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman announced his resignation from the county’s Board of Commissioners in a Facebook post on Friday.

Lehman was first elected to the board in 2007. His term was supposed to end in 2023, at which point he had said he did not plan to run for re-election, but now Lehman says his resignation will go into effect on Jan. 7, 2022.

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“When I announced in 2020 that I would not be seeking re-election to the Office of County Commissioner, I had every intention of completing the current term. However, after months of thoughtful consideration I cannot ignore the fact that it is simply time for me to step away from Lancaster County Government and explore other professional opportunities,” Lehman wrote.

Lehman says he resigns “with a grateful heart and respect for the work that County employees do every day.”

Lehman is currently the only Democrat on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners.