Seattle's U.S. Attorney Announces Resignation

     SEATTLE (CN) - Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, said today that she will resign at the end of the month. She gave no reason for stepping down.
     "I have been honored to serve the communities in Western Washington, to lead an office of extraordinary people and public servants, and to work with dedicated federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement," Durkan said in a statement Wednesday. "Together we have taken on a range of challenges, threats and bad actors. We have made our nation and communities safer, while also making our civil rights stronger."
     Durkan was nominated by President Obama and took office in 2009. She recently worked with the Justice Department to investigate the Seattle Police Department's use of force and biased policing, resulting in a consent decree and federal monitoring.
     "Jenny Durkan exemplifies the highest standards of personal integrity and professional excellence," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "For the past five years, I have been grateful for Jenny's dedicated service and her wise counsel. I am certain that the people of Western Washington will continue to benefit from her service for years to come. And although I wish her the very best as she takes the next step in her career, I will miss her leadership, her contributions, and her friendship."