Vincent H. Cohen Jr. announced Thursday that he is resigning as acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia on Oct. 18.
Cohen, 45, is a D.C. native who has led the office for six months after nearly five years as Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney. He succeeded Ronald C. Machen Jr. as the head of the nation’s largest U.S. Attorney’s Office on April 1, 2015.
Following the recommendation of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, President Obama has nominated Channing D. Phillips as the next U.S. Attorney, pending Senate confirmation, spokesman William Miller said in a news release.
Cohen said it was an honor to serve the people of D.C. for the past five years.
“There is nothing more rewarding than going into work every day with the single goal of improving the lives of the citizens of the city where I was born and raised,” he said. “We have made great progress over the past five years in fighting violent crime, public corruption, and threats to our national security. There are some important cases that I wish I could see through to their conclusions, but I have complete confidence in the team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to follow through and do justice for the people of the District.
“Channing Phillips is a seasoned lawyer with the decades of experience that will allow him to successfully carry on the important work of the office,” he said. “In addition to spending more time with my young children, I am looking forward to taking on new professional opportunities and continuing to find ways to serve my hometown.”
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch commended Cohen for serving with “integrity and distinction.”
“Through his work against violent crime, drug trafficking, and national security threats, Vince has demonstrated his commitment to service and his dedication to the people of Washington,” Lynch said. “I have been proud to serve with Vince for many years, and I’m confident that he will continue to be an exemplary leader and a champion of justice in the next phase of his already distinguished career.”