Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will resign from his position Dec. 31.
The 48-year-old Democrat, who has held his position since 2006, revealed his decision Monday. He said he has been concerned for years about the toll the job was taking on his family, adding that he plans to spend more time with them.
Sanders’ surprise decision opens one of the most important jobs in Kansas City-area politics. Sanders said he would appoint 3rd District Jackson County Legislator Dennis Waits as the interim county executive, but his permanent successor will be picked by voters next year.