Washington (CNN) -- The official in charge of closing the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center has resigned, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Phillip Carter submitted his resignation letter Friday after just under seven months in the post, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.
Carter's move was prompted by personal and family reasons, Morrell said.
The Obama administration has vowed to close the Guantanamo facility, but acknowledges it is unlikely to happen by its self-imposed deadline of January 22.
Carter, a lawyer and Army veteran, joined the administration April 27 after writing briefs in two key Supreme Court cases related to detainee policy.
His title was deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy.
CNN Pentagon Producer Mike Mount contributed to this report.