Patrick Miles to resign as US attorney for Western Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS — Patrick A. Miles Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, has announced his resignation effective noon on Jan. 20. He informed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch of his decision Wednesday.

“I am extremely blessed and grateful for the opportunity to serve the public in this capacity over the past four and a half years,” Miles, 49, said in a press release. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to lead such an outstanding team of crime-fighters and people who work hard every day to protect the interests of America and its citizens.”

“Since 2012, Patrick A. Miles Jr. has served the Western District of Michigan — and the American people — with distinction and honor,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “Under his leadership, the district successfully stepped up its efforts to prosecute those who exploit the most vulnerable members of our society, commit violent crimes, or defraud taxpayers. Patrick also asserted leadership in reducing recidivism through programs that help returning citizens find jobs and obtain social services. During his term, Patrick’s office hosted the first-ever job fair for returning citizens. And Patrick worked hard to strengthen his community — from forging strong channels of communication between community members and law enforcement officers, to educating local parents and physicians about prescription drug and opioid abuse. I want to thank Patrick for his tireless devotion to the cause of justice, and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career.”

Miles became U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan on July 9, 2012 after 21 years in private law practice in Grand Rapids as a business attorney. He assessed the strengths and potential of the office through individual meetings with each of the 37 assistant U.S. attorneys and federal judges in Michigan’s Western District as well as meetings with the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s 45 staff members.

“We get tremendous results in this Office and every day it feels like we make a positive difference,” Miles stated. “From the start of my tenure as U.S. Attorney I focused on protecting the vulnerable and taxpayers. That is why we put more emphasis on preventing and prosecuting cases of children being exploited through pornography or sex trafficking, seniors being targeted by financial scammers, and those who commit fraud against the government and our health care system.”

President Obama nominated Grand Rapids native Miles to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan on March 29, 2012, and Miles was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2012. Prior to his presidential appointment, Miles, a 1991 Harvard Law School graduate, was a partner based in Grand Rapids with a large, national law firm. Miles, who served as president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association from 2004 to 2005, was the Democratic nominee for Michigan’s Third District Congressional seat in 2010. He did not announce his future career plans, only stating, “I’m looking forward to the next challenge, whatever that may be.”