US attorney in St. Louis announces that he is resigning

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The Rolla Daily News

ST. LOUIS  — The U.S. attorney in St. Louis who was an appointee of President Donald Trump has announced that he is resigning to join a private law firm. 

Jeff Jensen, 54, of St. Louis, said in a news release Thursday that his resignation takes effect at midnight on Dec. 30. 

Jensen worked as a certified public accountant before joining the FBI in 1989. He spent 10 years with the FBI, where his focus was often on white-collar crime, and attended Saint Louis University School of Law at night, graduating magna cum laude.

He joined the U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis in 1999. Soon after he took over as U.S. attorney in 2005, Catherine Hanaway appointed Jensen to the No. 2 role, executive U.S. attorney. Jensen then left the U.S. attorney's office in 2009 for a stint in private practice around the time then-President Barack Obama, a Democrat, replaced Hanaway with his own appointee, Richard Callahan. 

Attorney General William Barr said in a news release that Jensen brought "unparalleled experience" to his work. 

Under Jensen's leadership, the U.S. attorney's office took over prosecution of several murder cases, carjackings and other violent crimes. 

"Since his first day in office, Jeff's mission has always been the same: to save lives," Barr said.