Bill Alberger, chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, announced yesterday that he will resign on June 16 to join a law firm in Washington.

Alberger, the youngest appointed commission member and chairman, will leave on the day his two-year chairmanship ends. However, he still has about four years left on his nine-year commission appointment.

"It seems like the right time to do it," Alberger, 36, said of his resignation. He added that, if he stayed on the commisison after his chairmanship ended, his salary would drop from $59,500 to $58,500 and he would lose his administrative duties. "It's decent money, but nobody likes to go backward," he commented.

Alberger said he will join the firm of Garvey Schubert Adams and Barer.

"It has been a privilege to work with so many fine commissioners and with such an outstanding staff," Alberger said. "The valuable role of this independent and objective fact-finding commission is essential for our government."

During Alberger's commission term, he helped decide some of the largest trade cases ever before the body, including those against Japanese automobile makers and foreign steel producers.

Alberger served as administrative assistant to the House Ways and Means Committee.