BOSTON (WWLP) - Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray announced his resignation Wednesday to take on a job in the private sector. The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce elected Murray to become their CEO and president. It becomes effective next month, but Murray hasn't ruled out higher office in the future.
"Today I'm announcing both an ending and a beginning," said Murray. "As I imagine how to best keep working on the issues that I am passionate about while being close to home and more present in the lives of my wife and daughter, the Chamber post is the perfect fit."
The lieutenant governor will officially step down June 2nd and start his new job June 3rd. Murray will earn an annual salary of more than $200,000 dollars – A jump from the roughly $125,000 dollars he earns now.
Massachusetts doesn't have a process to fill a vacant lieutenant governor seat. The third person in the line of succession is Secretary William Galvin, but most of the workload will shift to the governor.
"His departure leaves a very big hole in our team so you know I'm happy for him personally but I'm a little miffed professionally," joked Governor Deval Patrick.
Murray's political tenure has been marred by a 2011 high-speed car crash and ties to a troubled former Chelsea housing director, Michael McLaughlin. But Murray hasn't ruled out higher office in the future.
"Every elected official that's ever I think been in office has had some challenges and bumps and you try to learn from them and improve and not make the same mistakes again and that happens so I'm not going to rule anything out," said Murray.
Murray made it clear that he was approached for the job and not the other way around. He's served 15 years in elected office, the last 6 as lieutenant governor and before that he was the Mayor of Worcester.