By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 9, 2020

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced Wednesday that he plans to step down from the post, according to a statement from the top prosecutor.

Charles E. “Charlie” Peeler, 47, is set to leave office Friday, the statement said. Peeler was appointed to the position by President Donald Trump in 2017.

He was in charge of federal cases across 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Peeler said he would be returning to private practice with an Atlanta firm. He was previously the founding partner of an Albany law firm.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the talented men and women in the United States Attorney’s Office and our brave and dedicated federal, state and local law enforcement to protect our citizens,” Peeler said in a statement.

Gov. Brian Kemp said that Peeler helped cracked down on gang violence “and made incredible progress” in the fight against human trafficking in Georgia during his term.

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