Reed has been in office since 1984, but is now under federal investigation.
He met privately with his staff inside the district attorney's office and even the locked the doors. It was during that closed door meeting that Reed informed his staffers that he would not seek re-election to a sixth term.
And some on the northshore think that's a good idea.
"I think that it is a good decision on his part for the citizens of St. Tammany Parish. It allows the election to go forward with people entering that race without the cloud of uncertainty and a clear understanding of just going forward now. I think we can just move forward with an open field and address the issues in St. Tammany that will help us get to where we want to be," said Parish President Pat Brister.
Average citizens also weighed In. Many had been keeping up with the headlines surrounding the probe.
"I think that he's got what's coming to him. If he's got any wrongdoing the truth will come out, you know," said Ronnie Childre.
"He needs to get out, been in there for too long," offered Frank Heck.
"I'm not surprised, a lot of people around here I'm sure are pretty happy about it," said Jacquelyn Stogner.
District attorneys in the state get six year terms. Reed has had five. At least three candidates are ready to qualify for the position.