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Acting U.S. Attorney Durham Resigns; Interim U.S. Attorney Appointed

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia

Savannah, GA- James D. Durham resigned effective September 22, 2017, as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.  Mr. Durham served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office’s Criminal Division from 2002 to 2007, as the Office’s Criminal Chief from 2007 to 2010, and as First Assistant United States Attorney from 2010 to March 2017, when he became the Acting United States Attorney. 

Effective upon Mr. Durham’s departure, R. Brian Tanner was appointed as the interim United States Attorney by the Attorney General of the United States.  Mr. Tanner has served as the Office’s Appellate Chief since 2010 and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division from 2006 to 2010.        

U.S. Attorney Tanner said, “Jim Durham has been a relentless and formidable advocate for the people of the United States for over fifteen years.  From the start of his career here, Mr. Durham has prosecuted the most complex and important criminal cases in our district, rightly earning the full respect of our law enforcement partners.  His leadership has made this Office stronger and the people of the Southern District of Georgia safer.  We thank him for his selfless public service, and we wish him great success in his future endeavors.” 

Updated September 25, 2017