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U.S. District Court Chief Judge Appoints Stephen G. Dambruch U.S. Attorney

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

PROVIDENCE, RI – United States District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has appointed Stephen G. Dambruch as court appointed United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island. The appointment, effective today, is made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546.

Mr. Dambruch was appointed Interim United States Attorney by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, effective January 5, 2018, 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.”  Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, the appointment by the Attorney General expires after 120 days. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, if an appointment expires, the district court may appoint a United States attorney to serve until the vacancy is filled by a Presidential appointee.

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.  Mr. Dambruch became Acting United States Attorney on March 13, 2017, pursuant to the Vacancies Reform Act, with the departure of former United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. 

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
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Updated May 4, 2018

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