Jim Rainey is leaving his position as publisher of The Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 1, GateHouse Media announced Tuesday.

"We are incredibly appreciative of Jim’s leadership, both at The News and in the community, and we’re proud of the leadership team we have here in Tuscaloosa," said Jim Doughton, regional publisher for GateHouse, which owns The News.

Rainey, who has been publisher of The News since November 2012, said he appreciated the support of readers and advertisers during his tenure and was "extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve this community for the past six years."

"While I don’t know what the future holds, I’m excited to take that next step," Rainey said. "I wish GateHouse and all the people at The Tuscaloosa News all the best in the future."