Christopher C. Myers
Effective Feb. 6, 2016, the Honorable U. S. District Court Chief Judge Ralph R. Erickson has continued the appointment of Christopher C. Myers as the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota.
Myers has served as acting and interim U.S. Attorney since March of 2015.
Myers stated that, "I have been honored and privileged to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota for the past ten months. I am excited to continue leading this dedicated and talented group of attorneys and support staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We strive every day to do our very best to serve the citizens of North Dakota and continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to ensure public safety. Violent crime, especially those crimes perpetrated against children, remain a priority as will the fight against organized crime.
"While violent and sophisticated criminal organizations attempt to prey on North Dakotans throughout the State, our collective law enforcement response will be swift and sure. Rest assured, we will retain the quality of life we enjoy in North Dakota. Criminal organizations will find North Dakota a particularly unfavorable place to do business."
As U.S. Attorney, Chris will place special emphasis on providing a voice for victims of crime in North Dakota. Accordingly, the acronym, V.O.I.C.E., highlights the top priorities of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota:
Violent Crime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota will leverage all available tools and resources to investigate and prosecute violent crime throughout the District. Our office will actively assist our state, local, and tribal partners wherever and whenever possible to reduce violent crime in North Dakota.
Organized Crime. There will be a relentless pursuit by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Dakota to dismantle criminal organizations operating in North Dakota. The Bakken Strike Force was developed to attack organized criminal activity in the Bakken region including drug, firearm, and human trafficking, in addition to white collar organized crime.
Indian Country. Public safety in our tribal communities will remain a high priority. Our office will continuously focus on investigating and prosecuting violent crime, organized crime, and the protection of children in Indian Country.
Children. Protecting these most vulnerable members of our communities from all forms of abuse and exploitation remains an utmost priority for our office.
Environmental Crime and Protecting the Public Treasury. Our natural resources in North Dakota are precious. Enforcement of the Clean Air and Water Acts as well as other Federal statutes to protect North Dakota’s natural resources will remain a priority. The Civil Division will continue to aggressively defend lawsuits and use affirmative civil enforcement tools to protect the public treasury and natural resources of the United States.
Chris has been a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office for nearly 14 years. Before his appointment as Acting U.S. Attorney on March 13, 2015, he served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney (FAUSA) since December of 2013.
Before being named FAUSA, Chris was the lead OCDETF (Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force) prosecutor for over ten years. He has led numerous complex investigations which have resulted in the successful prosecution of many dangerous criminal enterprises. Chris has also handled a number of high profile murder cases in the region both in state and federal court.
Prior to becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2002, Chris served as the Chief Assistant Clay County Attorney from 1998-2002. He also served as an Assistant Cass County States Attorney and as a Special Agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Chris is a 1987 graduate of Fargo North High School; he graduated in 1992 from North Dakota State University. He earned his law degree in conjunction with his Masters of Public Administration from Drake University in 1995.
Myers will serve as United States Attorney until the President of the United States nominates a new U.S. Attorney for North Dakota and the United States Senate confirms the nominee pursuant to Title 28, United States Code, Section 541.