US Attorney for NC's Western District resigns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney for North Carolina's Western District says she is leaving her post for another position with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert's office announced Monday afternoon that she would be resigning the post effective midnight Saturday.

Shappert began her career in the western district in Charlotte, which conducts federal criminal and civil litigation in the state's 32 westernmost counties, in 1990.

Spokeswoman Suellen Pierce said Shappert took the new position within the department because new U.S. attorneys will eventually be selected by President Barack Obama. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward R. Ryan will fill in for Shappert until a replacement is selected.

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