After more than three years in office as the city's top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite announced his resignation last week. Polite has headed the Department of Justice's Eastern District since September 2013 as President Barack Obama's nominee for the job and stayed on within the opening months of President Donald Trump's administration, despite the urging of Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser for Polite to remain in office. According to an announcement from his office, Polite — a native New Orleanian who will continue to live in the city — is expected to announce "his future endeavors, in both the public and private sectors" soon.
In office, he increased the number of prosecutors handling violent crime and investigated corruption and civil rights violations through a newly formed Public Integrity Unit. The office also worked closely with law enforcement agencies on sweeping Multi-Agency Gang Unit arrests and convictions, and was behind the convictions of high-profile public officials like former Mayor Ray Nagin, as well as health care workers and clinic operators involved in a massive health care fraud case. The office also pointed to the success of Polite's anti-gun violence programs, programs for at-risk youth, and re-entry programs for formerly incarcerated people.