CLEVELAND -- The two most important leaders of Cuyahoga County's new reform government are leaving their posts.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's pursuit of Governor John Kasich's job is well underway.
Now Cuyahoga County Council President C. Ellen Connally tells Channel 3 News she will not seek reelection to council this fall.
Connally says "It's time to do something else."
She leaves after a long and respsected career of public service, dating back to 1979.
She's been a Cleveland Municipal Court Judge, a special prosecutor, and a nearly successful candidate for Ohio Supreme Court.
She is proud of the bipartisan cooperation Council has demonstrated, giving it a 55 percent approval rating. That's very high for any governmental body in this day of public skepticism.
She says she wants to spend more time pursuing a PhD in history.
"I want to publicly thank all those who have been supportive of my career and in particular I want to thank members of County Council and our staff. I am fortunate to have served many years as a public official. Now I plan to retire to my books and lectures.
She will travel and lecture about John F. Kennedy's assassination.
She says she will not anoint a successor for her council seat or the council presidency at this time.
Connally had discussions with possible Democratic Governor candidate , Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune about being his running mate.
She also decided against that.