EAST FELICIANA PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Feliciana Parish coroner submitted his resignation on Wednesday, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State.

A letter stated Coroner Dr. Ewell Dewitt Bickham’s resignation will go into effect on Friday, Dec. 30.

On Thursday, Bickham said his decision to resign from the position he has held since March 2020 was a hard one but not “abrupt.” He said he made the decision about six months ago and cited a lack of funding and resources as reasons for resigning.

Bickham said he’s honored to have served the people in East Feliciana Parish and said he couldn’t have done his job without the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office.

An election for the position will be held in the fall of 2023.