Ives was first appointed prosecutor in 1987. He went through a volley of election wins and losses over the years, but most recently has been the prosecutor for Carroll County going on seven years.
"My health is fine, my marriage is fine, my family is fine, I'm not in trouble with anyone to my knowledge," said Ives.
The decision comes while two of the most high-profile cases ever to hit Carroll County remain unsolved: The deaths of four young girls in an intentionally set fire in Flora, and the murders of 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German on the Monon High Trail in February.
"For both of them to have happened in basically the last year is just horrendous," said Ives.
Ives told WLFI that normally, the county puts out 20-25 subpoenas and search warrants. In just a three month period this year, Ives said the county put out 190.
"No one has given up, no one has given up hope and there are always good developments, but I can say this--there are no charges imminent, nothing is going to happen in the near real future, unless something breaks," Ives told WLFI.
Ives said if charges had been filed, he would not resign and try to see them through, and that he will be willing to offer any help to whomever replaces him.
Ives said although many people have accused investigators of handling the Delphi and Flora cases differently, he said it's not true.
"In the case of the murder of Abby and Libby, there is a photograph and a record. So Indiana State Police held a press conference because we want everyone to see that. If we had anything similar to release in regard to Gaylin Rose's children, we would absolutely released that and we would have had that press conference. It's not because of any lack of effort there and I've frustrated by people who think there is,' he said.
The Republican party will seek to replace Ives for the remaining year of his term.
Anyone with information in the death of the Flora girls is asked to contact the Indiana State Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 1-317-262-TIPS.
Indiana State Police released a picture of a suspect in the Delphi murders, which was taken by Libby on her cellphone. She also captured a man's voice saying "down the hill" during what police call "criminal activity." You can listen to that recording and see the photo below.
Indiana State Police ask anyone who recognizes the man or the voice, or who may have any other information, to call the Tip Line at (844) 459-5786 or 1-800-225-5324 (800-Call FBI). Tips can also be emailed to Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Information can be reported anonymously.