Federal prosecutor resigns to take private-sector job allowing him to ‘remain much closer to home’

The latest in a string of recent U.S. Department of Justice resignations was just announced.

U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Northern District Jay E. Town reportedly tendered his resignation to Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department on Friday. Town released a statement the same day publicly announcing the decision, which he said Barr accepted.

“I have tendered my resignation”

“After much thoughtful prayer and great personal consideration, I have made the decision to resign as the United States Attorney of the Northern District of Alabama,” Town said. “I have tendered my resignation to Attorney General William Barr.”

He went on to write that Barr “understood and respected” his decision despite hoping he would have stayed in the position.

“General Barr expressed his gratitude for my service to the Department of Justice and to the Northern District,” he added.

The attorney general issued his own statement, offering “gratitude to Jay Town for his three years of service” in the post and praising his “immense” leadership.

“His contributions to the Department of Justice have been extensive, especially his work on the China Initiative and most recently as a Working Group Chair on the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice,” Barr wrote. “I appreciate his service to our nation and to the Justice Department, and I wish him the very best.”

“An honor to be a part of this Administration”

Town wrote that he also sent his resignation letter to President Donald Trump, calling it “an honor to be a part of this Administration with an unrivaled class of United States Attorneys from around the nation.”

As for the reason he chose to step down, he cited an “incredible opportunity to work with a privately held defense contractor and cybersecurity solutions company located in Huntsville operating in both the government and commercial sectors.”

The company will be revealing additional details about the position “in a few weeks,” he said, citing benefits of the new job as the deciding factor in his resignation.

“My role, which will begin later this year, will be significant but also has the virtue of allowing me to remain much closer to home,” Town wrote.

Although the Justice Department has seen an increased number of resignations in recent weeks, Barr said he expects to name a replacement soon. And few could argue with Town’s desire to spent more time with his family.

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