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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Appoints Stephen Dambruch Interim United States Attorney

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Stephen G. Dambruch as Interim United States Attorney pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a United States Attorney for the district in which the office of United States Attorney is vacant.”  This appointment will take effect on January 5, 2018.


As the top federal law enforcement officer in Rhode Island, Mr. Dambruch will continue to focus on reducing violent crime in the District through the Department of Justice’s crime reduction strategy – Project Safe Neighborhoods – and leading coordinated federal, state and local law enforcement efforts to address the opioid crisis across Rhode Island.


“For decades, Stephen Dambruch has prosecuted criminals in Rhode Island,” said Attorney General Sessions.  “He has successfully taken illegal guns and drugs off of our streets, and has worked significant public corruption matters.  As Interim U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, he will continue to have a positive impact on the community.”


A career prosecutor, Mr. Dambruch was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in January 2004. Mr. Dambruch was named Criminal Division Chief in February 2007 and First Assistant United States Attorney in January 2014. 

Prior to his beginning his tenure with the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Dambruch served as a state prosecutor with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General for over sixteen years, including appointments as Chief of the Narcotics Prosecution Unit, Chief Prosecutor for Kent, Newport and Washington Counties, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

Mr. Dambruch is a 1982 graduate of Providence College. He received his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1985.




Jim Martin
(401) 490-1092

Updated January 3, 2018

Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 18-01