US Attorney Amanda Marshall resigns

Amanda Marshall's resignation is effective May 15

US Attorney Amanda Marshall outside US Federal Court in downtown Portland, Oct. 1, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
US Attorney Amanda Marshall outside US Federal Court in downtown Portland, Oct. 1, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Amanda Marshall submitted her resignation as US Attorney in Portland.

Marshall, who stepped away from her job as Oregon’s top prosecutor in March for health reasons, again cited her health as the reason for her resignation, effective May 15.

However, sources at that time told KOIN 6 News investigators are trying to determine if Marshall was “stalking” Scott Kerin, until recently the head of the narcotics unit in her office.

An Obama appointee, Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2011 and began her work as U.S. attorney that October.

Billy Williams took over as interim US Attorney in March.

Here is the text of Amanda Marshall’s letter:


It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you that I am submitting my resignation as U.S. Attorney effective May 15, 2015.  I have been humbled and honored to serve the United States and the District of Oregon with you as we fought for Justice. Words cannot express the pride I feel for the work we have done together over the past 3 1/2 years.

However, due to personal health concerns, it has become clear to me that I am no longer able to serve as U.S. Attorney in the manner that the office and the people of our great state deserve.  I sincerely regret my inability to finish out my term.

I have been proud of the things we have accomplished together. They are too many to list, but among the things I am most proud of are a four-fold increase in the number of prosecutions in sex-trafficking cases; working collaboratively with state and local stakeholders to open the first state-licensed residential treatment program for children who are victims of sex trafficking in Oregon; implementing the Department’s “Smart on Crime” Initiative by creating internal initiatives and programs that encourage and promote efforts that emphasize prevention and reentry in our over-all quest to enhance public safety; creating a district-wide coalition of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners to work cooperatively to enhance investigations and prosecutions of child exploitation crimes, strengthening relationships and expanding our focus in Indian Country by bringing additional resources and initiatives to criminal cases and by honoring our trust responsibility by supporting Tribes in settling disputes with state and local government actors in the civil arena; prosecuting and convicting would-be Christmas Tree bomber, Mohamed Mohaumud, one of the most significant terrorism trials since 9/11; collecting record amounts of restitution for crime victims and money owed to the government; and, playing an important role in bringing PPB back to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force after eleven years of being the only major U.S. City to “opt out”.

Every day people in this office fight the good fight on behalf of our great nation. Whether your cases involve Wolves, Salmon, Timber, Sovereign Citizens, Fraudsters, Child Abusers, Gangsters, Inmates, Terrorists, or Drug Cartels,  each of you brings your “A” game day after day. I am confident that will continue, regardless of who sits in the corner office.

There is no question that a job like this takes a mental and physical tole on all who serve. Unfortunately, I am no exception. Though I did seek and obtain treatment beginning last year, it was not sufficient. I take full responsibility for letting my health issues in any way impact my work as U.S. Attorney. .  For that I truly apologize to you, my colleagues.  While I cherish each one of you and the work we have done, I need to make my health and my family my priority.

Thank you for your continued professionalism and tireless work in support of our shared mission. It has truly been my honor to serve as your U.S. Attorney.

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