US Attorney Patrick Miles resigning this month

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After more than four years heading up the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, Patrick Miles is resigning.

Miles submitted his resignation Wednesday. His last day on the job will be Jan. 20.

“I really felt for a long time that when the Obama administration came to an end, that would be the end of my tenure as well,” said Miles during an interview on Daybreak Thursday morning. “I enjoyed serving with this administration very much.”

Miles said he plans to take some time and think about what’s next for him. It’s not yet known who will replace him.

“I love serving the public and making policies, solving problems was my main thing. But I have no immediate plans for politics yet, it’s very early for that, but we’ll see what’s in the future,” said Miles.

He was approved as the U.S. Attorney for the region on July 9, 2012. A 1991 graduate of Harvard Law School, he had previously spent 21 years as a business attorney in private practice.

A release announcing Miles’ resignation recognized his initiatives to streamline the office, create an annual planning process, establish task forces with law enforcement, combat gang violence, decrease recidivism, improve police-community relations, hire veterans, and educate citizens about criminal justice and drug abuse.

Some of the biggest cases handled during his tenure were also listed, including the child sex trafficking case against Eddie Jackson in 2014 (the first of its kind in the Western District), the 2012 sentencing of Evan Knoll for defrauding the government and banks out of $82 million, and the Kentwood Pharmacy scheme to repackage and resell old drugs. The release noted that during Miles’ time as U.S. Attorney, the office saw 106 convictions in cases involving internet child pornography.

“I am extremely blessed and grateful for the opportunity to serve the public in this capacity over the past four and a half years,” Miles said in a statement. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to lead such an outstanding team of crime-fighters and people who work hard every day to protect the interests of America and its citizens.”>>Online: 2012-2015 years in review

“Since 2012, Patrick A. Miles, Jr. has served the Western District of Michigan — and the American people — with distinction and honor,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement. “I want to thank Patrick for his tireless devotion to the cause of justice, and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career.”

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