Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker decides to call it quits. In a surprise to almost everyone, after 12 years on the job, Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker announced his retirement Tuesday.

Although his contract expires in January 2020, Hunzeker said he would like to leave this spring in order to spend more time with his family. The manatee county commission now has to look for Hunzeker's replacement.

A nationwide search and a new application process followed by interviews could take several months.