OHIO – U.S. Attorney DeVillers announces his retirement today from his position after the Biden administration asked him to step down.
Devillers and other US Attorneys were asked to step down for the “continuing the practice of new administrations” the Department of Justice said in a news release.
Devillers has served as the US Attorney since November of 2019, after being appointed by President Donald Trump and confirmed by Senate.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation. I have been a prosecutor for my entire career, and it was my wish to remain a prosecutor until the end of my career, but that is not to be. I want to thank my family, friends and colleagues for all of the incredible support and encouragement over the years. I also want to thank Senators Portman and Brown for their trust in me. It has been the honor of my life to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. While it was my hope to continue on for a few more months to finish some of the work we have started, I am absolutely certain that the AUSAs and investigators working for the people of the Southern District of Ohio will bring this work to a successful and just closure. I am committed to support and assist whoever the President and Senate choose to permanently replace me to the best that I can. I encourage that person to be just, apolitical, aggressive and impactful.”
DeVillers has worked as a federal prosecutor for nearly two decades, primarily prosecuting organized and violent crime.
During his tenure as United States Attorney, the office continued significant public corruption investigations, including filing charges against former Ohio Speaker of the House Larry Householder and three Cincinnati city councilmembers.
His resignation as chief law enforcement officer for the Southern District of Ohio effective Feb. 28, 2021.