U.S. Attorney for AZ resigns: Update

Published: Aug. 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:17 PM MST
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The Associated Press is reporting the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney in Arizona are resigning following investigations into a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks on the Southwest border.

PHOENIX, AZ (KOLD) - The U.S. Attorney for Arizona has turned in his resignation to President Obama.

Dennis K. Burke wrote to his staff in an email, "The work in every corner of this office - your work - has been significant and impressive.  When I first came to the office a decade ago as a line AUSA (Asst. U.S. attorney), I knew it was an excellent office and did important work."

U.S. Attorney Eric Holder released a statement in response to Burke's resignation.

"Under his leadership, the office has made great progress in its pursuit of justice with the creation of special units focusing on civil rights enforcement and rule of law, as well as more robust outreach to key communities, particularly in Indian Country.   The office's quick response to the devastating shootings in January that claimed the lives of several people and critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was crucial in arresting and charging the alleged shooter."

Burke was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona in 2009.

His resignation is effective now.

First Assistant Ann Scheel will assume Burke's duties until the president makes an interim or permanent appointment. 

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