Clay County Prosecuting Attorney David O. Thomas submitted his resignation Wednesday, effective at midnight Sunday.
He notified Clay County Clerk Mary Brown, Gov. Joseph Kernan and Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita by letter.
Thomas was appointed as the new Indiana Inspector General by Gov.-elect Mitch Daniels in December. After the new governor is sworn in Monday, he will administer the Oath of Office to Thomas.
First elected as the Clay County Prosecutor in 1995, Thomas just completed the second year of his third term. David, his wife, Lea, and their three children will continue to live in Brazil.
A farewell party was held for Thomas at the Court House on Wednesday. Nearly a hundred well wishers came to say good-bye throughout the afternoon. Office staff, court house co-workers and family members were there.
And most of the area law enforcement personnel came to bid a melancholy adieu to the Prosecutor. The Clay County Judges, State Police, Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff's Department, Conservation Officer, Community Corrections and the Probation Officers all stopped by.
Each one shook his hand, recalled a fond memory or told a humorous story to say good-bye to their comrade and friend. Each one wished him well in his new endeavor.
For Thomas it was a bittersweet moment.
"Both the staff and the law enforcement officers rallied behind me when I first took office," Thomas said. "I'll always remember that. I couldn't have asked for a better group of individuals. And that's what I'll miss.
"But I'm excited about the new challenge," he continued. "I'm also happy I'll be able to continue in a law enforcement capacity for the State of Indiana."