U.S. Attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania Zane David Memeger will resign the post Dec. 23 after more than six years as the region's federal prosecutor.
Memeger's first assistant U.S. attorney, Louis Lappen will take over as acting U.S. attorney until a permanent replacement is named.
The position, which reports to the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice, is appointed by the president and speculation began recently that President-elect Donald Trump would seek to replace Memeger.
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Memeger said in a statement that he would look at jobs in the private sector.
“It has been the highest honor and most fulfilling duty of my legal career to have served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” said U.S. Attorney Memeger. “Having served in this challenging and demanding job for the last six and a half years, the time has come for me to step away to focus on my family and explore new opportunities in the private sector.”
Lappen has served in the Justice Department since 1997. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received his law degree from Duke University's School of Law.