CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's right-hand man is calling it quits.
Chief of Staff Rob Alsop announced Tuesday he would leave his position sometime in June.
"I love my job, but I'm very content about my decision," Alsop said. "I think I was able to help."
Alsop said he has discussed the decision with his wife for some time but told Tomblin about his intentions the last night of the regular legislative session.
The Alsops have three daughters -- ages 3, 6 and 9 -- that Rob said he sees too little. That's been the toughest personal challenge of the job; he said he wants more time with his daughters.
Tomblin thanked Alsop for his work.
"Without question, Rob is truly one of the hardest working public servants I have ever worked with under the Capitol dome," Tomblin said in a news release. "Rob never lost focus during his service and was a constant reminder of why we are here -- to serve all West Virginians."
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper called the Daily Mail moments after Alsop's announcement. Carper said he has worked with chiefs of staff for every administration since Gov. Gaston Caperton, and no one has worked harder than Alsop.
Carper praised Alsop for maintaining a cool head through the Tomblin administration's transition and subsequent campaign. He always returned a phone call, even it was late at night, Carper said.
That may have aged him a bit, Carper joked.
"He looks now like he's 24 instead of 19," he said, laughing.
A lawyer by trade, Alsop has served as Tomblin's chief of staff since November 2010. He served in the same role for former U.S. Sen. Carte Goodwin after the death of Sen. Robert Byrd.
Alsop also spent some time working for current Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., when he was governor.