Bucks District Attorney David Heckler announced he will retire during a news conference at the Justice Center in Doylestown on Thursday evening.
“It’s time for new thought. Just new energy,” he said.
Heckler, 69, said his retirement will be effective Sept. 2, more than a year before his term is set to end in January 2018.
The interim district attorney will be selected by Bucks County judges, and will serve out the remainder of Heckler’s term. Voters will choose a new district attorney in November 2017.
Prior to his current office, Heckler was a Pennsylvania legislator for 11 years, serving in the House from 1987 to 1993 and state Senate from 1993 to 1997, when he was elected judge in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. He served as President Judge from 2004 to 2008.
Heckler’s retirement announcement came with an endorsement of Bucks Chief of Prosecution Matthew Weintraub as his replacement.