INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's state health commissioner announced his plans to resign on Friday after a little more than a year-and-a-half on the job.
State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess released a statement Friday saying he planned to leave the post in early October "strictly for personal reasons."
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the great citizens of Indiana in my role as State Health Commissioner over the past year and a half," VanNess said in the release. "It is with regret and strictly for personal reasons that I have submitted my resignation."
VanNess has served as state health commissioner since Jan. 14, 2013, when he was appointed by Gov. Mike Pence.
He previously served as a member of the Executive Board for the Indiana State Department of Health and as president and CEO of Community Hospital of Anderson and Madison County from 1997-2013.
In the release, VanNess said he planned to assist Pence "until he finds a suitable replacement."
"The dedicated employees at the Indiana State Department of Health have done a tremendous job of promoting and providing essential public health services for Hoosiers and I have every confidence they will continue to serve the state to the best of their abilities during this transition and after," VanNess said.
Muncie PD: Man bites, swallows ear during fight
Muncie police say the man told them "I bit his ear off and ate it!"
IMPD: Son finds mom dead in south side home
A woman was found dead by her son in a home on Indianapolis' south side Friday evening.
PHOTOS: 24 arrested in Operation First Step
These are some of the offenders and drug dealers arrested in what's being called the largest operation in IMPD history.
Tameka Catchings on Coach Summitt
It's been a tough week for Tameka Catchings. Her coach at Tennessee, the legendary Pat Summitt, passed away earlier…
Sue Ellspermann begins job as Ivy Tech president
Friday was the first day on the job for Ivy Tech's new president.