Nashville prosecutor Torry Johnson won’t run again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville’s longtime district attorney general has announced he won’t seek re-election to another term in August.

Victor S. “Torry” Johnson III told his staff Wednesday that he would end his 26-year run as the city’s top prosecutor. Johnson was first appointed to the post by then-Gov. Ned McWherter, and was re-elected to three more eight-year terms.

Johnson supervises a staff of about 125, including 60 assistant district attorneys. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University and served both in the district attorney’s office and in private practice before his appointment to the top job.

Johnson did not say what he plans to do after leaving office.