GREENE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The Greene County commonwealth's attorney, who’s asking for a pay cut, has had his request rejected by the Virginia attorney general.

Matthew Hardin was hoping to turn the county commonwealth's attorney position into a part-time job, thereby cutting his salary nearly in half.

But Attorney General Mark Herring says state code does not allow it.

Hardin says he wanted to take the pay cut to help reduce the county's budget.

"I've cut county budgets by about 17 percent, lowering office supply budgets and stuff like that,” Hardin said. “The next step was to cut my salary, and I think that it’s not fair for me to cut my staff’s salary when I can cut my own because I'm the highest paid employee in the office."

Hardin plans on reaching out to Delegate Rob Bell to see if the request can be brought before the General Assembly.