Estherville City Attorney David Forsyth submitted his resignation, which takes effect in August, to city council on Monday.
At the regular council meeting, Forsyth said that he will be assuming the duties as Emmet county magistrate on Aug. 1, 2013.
"While the position of magistrate is part-time and will not affect the majority of my day-to-day law practice, it presents inherent conflicts with serving as attorney for the City of Estherville, Forsyth stated in his resignation letter.
The Forysth Law Office has served as the city attorney's office since the early 70s.
"My father, Gordon, and I have had the opportunity to see and experience the evolution and changes to the city over four decades," Forsyth stated. "It has been a pleasure."
Forsyth told the council he has enjoyed his time as city attorney.
"In the 23 years I've been doing this, I feel a part of the process even though at times I'm just a spectator," he said. "It's been a pleasure to work with the city staff and the council. I will miss this a lot."
Forsyth's last city council meeting will be July 15.
Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton said city officials will first seek Forsyth's successors among the attorneys with offices in Estherville.