House Chief Administrative Officer Ed Cassidy on Monday announced he has submitted his resignation, effective at the end of the year, as he looks to retire from federal service altogether early next year.
To help ease the transition, House Clerk Karen Haas has asked Will Plaster, a senior member of her staff, to serve as interim deputy chief administrative officer. Before joining the nonpartisan CAO's office, which provides support for members of Congress and their staffs on matters ranging from payroll to parking and office furniture, Cassidy worked as director of House Operations under then-Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.
Cassidy has also worked for Rep. Doc Hastings , R-Wash., and held senior positions on the House Ethics and Rules committees.
"Beginning in 1977, it’s been an extraordinary honor to serve the House in various capacities for all or parts of five decades," Cassidy said in an email to colleagues announcing his resignation. "It’s been a special privilege to spend the final years of my congressional career serving alongside the many dedicated men and women who make the Office of the CAO such an outstanding organization."