Knoxville (AP) -- US Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe plans to leave his position later this year.
Ashe, who was Mayor of Knoxville for 16 years, told the Knoxville News Sentinel he has given notice about his plans and will step down sometime after July 4.
President Bush chose the 62-year-old Ashe as ambassador in April 2004, and he began his term in the summer.
Ashe was a college roommate to Bush at Yale University and a protégé of Howard Baker who was a Tennessee Senator and Ambassador to Japan.
Ashe served nine years in the Tennessee Legislature before losing the race for US Senate to Al Gore in 1984.
He did not say what he plans to do after he returns to Knoxville.
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