LEXINGTON – Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, has announced his resignation, effective Jan. 13. U.S. Attorney Harvey has served in office since May 14, 2010.
“The opportunity to serve as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky has been a distinct honor,” United States Attorney Harvey said today. “I will be forever grateful for the trust placed in me by President Obama and the opportunity to serve in the Department of Justice during such consequential times. I am inspired by the tremendous work of the state, local and federal law enforcement communities with which I have served, and I will always treasure the chance to work alongside the exceptional staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. We have accomplished a great deal together, and their commitment to the cause of justice will continue.”
“As United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky since 2010, Kerry Harvey has been an indispensable partner in our work to build a stronger and safer nation for all Americans,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.
“Under Kerry’s leadership, his office has played a crucial role in the Justice Department’s initiatives to prosecute fraud, corruption, and white-collar crime. And he has been a visionary leader in our work to end the devastating opioid epidemic, joining with state and local authorities to hold accountable those who illegally distribute heroin, prescription drugs, and other substances that ravage our communities. Kerry’s work with the families of those who have fallen victim to this epidemic has given voice to those who have suffered and helped to steer countless others way from the same path. His efforts are in the highest traditions of the Department of Justice. I want to thank Kerry for his tireless efforts on behalf of the American people over the last seven years, and I wish him the very best as he begins the next chapter of his distinguished career.”
As of Jan. 14, Carlton S. Shier IV will assume leadership of the Office as Acting United States Attorney. Shier has been the First Assistant United States Attorney since April of 2013 and has been with the Department of Justice since 2010.