U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach to step down

Posted at 3:11 PM, Jan 20, 2016

The top federal prosecutor for northern Ohio says he'll resign next month and resume working in private practice.

   Fifty-year-old Steven Dettelbach's resignation as U.S. attorney takes effect Feb. 5.

   He was nominated as U.S. attorney in July 2009 by President Barack Obama and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Harvard Law School graduate previously served 12 years as a federal prosecutor.

   Dettelbach oversaw a number of significant cases, including the prosecution of members of an Amish sect for hate crimes and a man charged for killing nine people in Cleveland's deadliest house fire. Dettelbach also helped lead negotiations on an agreement with the city of Cleveland to reform its troubled police department through a court-monitored consent decree.