The resignation is effective July 31, according to the statement he issued, which noted that he had advised Gov. Bill Haslam of his intentions to resign as district attorney for the 17th Judicial District. He was elected to the seat in 2006 just after former DA Mike McCown retired.
“My decision is based on my belief that the people of this district have the right to a district attorney who is able to give one hundred percent of himself to the demands of the office,” said Crawford in his statement. “Over the past several years, I have been involved in the prosecution of numerous tough cases.
“As a result, I find myself physically and emotionally drained, and I am not convinced that I am able to give the citizens of this district the uncompromised enthusiasm they deserve during the remaining two years of my term. Rather than risk that, I have chosen to resign.
“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties as district attorney,” he continued. “I am proud of the service my staff and I have provided over the last several years.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who demonstrated faith in my abilities by electing me. I also want to thank my staff who have worked tirelessly in the pursuit of justice. And, most of all, I want to thank my wife and family, who have been there for me on every step of this journey.”
In a surprise move, the Elk Valley Times announced on Monday that Crawford will join the staff at Fayetteville High School as history teacher this fall.