NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Kenneth Polite announced Friday that he has submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions effective March 24.
"I have enjoyed this great opportunity to serve as U.S. Attorney here in Southeast Louisiana. More importantly, it has been the highest honor to lead this Office's outstanding employees who are committed to the ideals of collegiality, diligence, and professionalism," Polite said in a press release. "I am confident that these public servants will continue to ensure that justice reaches out to all residents of this region. Regardless of my title or position, I will always work to improve the lives of our region's residents, especially our young people."
Polite, 41, took over for former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten in September 2013.
Polite and his family will continue to reside in New Orleans. Details regarding his future endeavors, in both the public and private sectors, are forthcoming, according to his office.
Over the past 3.5 years, the Office's enforcement efforts resulted in, among other matters, convictions of:
- several multi-defendant gang organizations responsible for terrorizing the region through drug trafficking, gun violence, and homicides;
- several high-profile political corruption defendants, including the former Mayor of New Orleans and the former District Attorneys of St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes;
- various former law enforcement officers responsible for criminal violations of civil rights;
- numerous child pornographers throughout the country, particularly as part of Operation Roundtable;
- clinics, physicians, and medical staff, as part of multi-million-dollar health care fraud schemes;
- individual and corporate polluters of the region’s waterways; and
- more human traffickers than in any prior U.S. Attorney’s tenure in the Office’s history, including the country’s first conviction of a motel operator for benefitting from sex trafficking.