West Michigan US attorney resigns
A local U.S. attorney announced today his departure from office at the close of the Obama administration.
Patrick Miles Jr., U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan, informed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch of his decision yesterday, effective Jan. 20.
Miles has held the position since 2012.
“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.
“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.”
He did not announce his career plans.
“I’m looking forward to the next challenge, whatever that may be,” Miles said.
“Under his leadership, the district successfully stepped up its efforts to prosecute those who exploit the most vulnerable members of our society, commit violent crimes or defraud taxpayers,” Lynch said.
“Patrick also asserted leadership in reducing recidivism through programs that help returning citizens find jobs and obtain social services.
“(He) worked hard to strengthen his community — from forging strong channels of communication between community members and law enforcement officers, to educating local parents and physicians about prescription drug and opioid abuse. 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.”
Miles said the areas in which he concentrated his efforts include combating gang and group violence, effective prisoner re-entry, police-community relations, hiring veterans and community outreach and education.
During his tenure, the office obtained 31 federal racketeering, firearm, drug distribution and other convictions against members of the Holland Latin Kings gang.
President Obama nominated Miles, a Grand Rapids native, to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan on March 29, 2012, and Miles was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2012.
Before his presidential appointment, Miles, a 1991 Harvard Law School graduate, became the first African-American partner in Varnum’s history in 1997. In 2006, he joined the Grand Rapids office of the national law firm Dickinson Wright.
Miles, who served as president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association from 2004 to 2005, was the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s Third District Congressional seat in 2010.
Western District of Michigan
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan has 38 attorneys and a total staff of 83, with offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Marquette.
The district covers 49 counties, including Michigan’s entire Upper Peninsula.