RICHMOND — Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones is stepping down as state Democratic Party chairman, less than a year after taking the post.

Jones will announce his departure this weekend, when party officials gather in Henrico County for their quarterly meeting, party spokeswoman Morgan Finkelstein confirmed on Wednesday. She declined to elaborate on his departure, which was first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

A spokeswoman for Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jones, who moonlights as a Baptist preacher, was Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick to lead the party. He won the post in March after overcoming initial opposition from gay rights activists, who objected to the nominee’s stance on same-sex marriage. Jones has opposed gay marriage but assured activists that he did believe in anti-gay discrimination.