U.S. Attorney Thyer announces resignation

U.S. Attorney Thyer announces resignation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - United States Attorney Christopher R. Thyer of Jonesboro announced Monday his resignation.

His departure comes at the request of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Thyer served the Eastern District of Arkansas since Dec. 31, 2010.

During his tenure, Thyer oversaw the prosecution of several criminal cases, including Operation Delta Crossroads and Operation Blynd Justus.

He also oversaw the prosecution of Martha Shoffner, the state's former treasurer, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for bribery and extortion.

"Our laws and our law enforcement agencies are meant to do two things: to allow citizens of the United States to fully realize the pursuit of peace and prosperity, and to arrest and prosecute those who criminally interfere with those freedoms," said Thyer in his resignation letter. "For more than six years I have had the privilege of working with local, state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to fight these violent drug dealers. This has been a highlight of my professional life for which I am thankful."

Patrick C. Harris, 64, of Little Rock will assume leadership of Thyer's vacated office as Acting U.S. Attorney. He has served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the past four years, according to a news release.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of Arkansas and continue to carry out the mission of this office," Harris said.

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