Republican officials in Utah expect Rep. Jason Chaffetz to step down from Congress, possibly as early as Friday, and were in the early stages of preparing for a special election to fill his 3rd district seat.

"There are a lot of conversations going on," a Republican insider in Utah said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Chaffetz fueled speculation of an early departure from Congress during an interview with a KSL Radio host Doug Wright.

"I will continue to weigh the options but I might depart early," he said.

chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election in 2018.

He has relished his high profile chairmanship, and his decision, presumably made with an eye toward running for governor in 2020, surprised Republicans in Washington and Salt Lake City.

Now, Republican officials in both capitals say they expect Chaffetz to resign from the House altogether, possibly to accept a lucrative job offer.

Chaffetz said in revealing his plan to retire that he planned to return to the private sector. Indeed, Republicans close to Chaffetz have been dropping hints for weeks that some announcement related to his political future was afoot.