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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Friday, December 19, 2014

Comments Of United States Attorney General Eric Holder Regarding The Resignation Of U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin

“During more than five years as United States Attorney for Vermont, Tris Coffin has been an exemplary leader, a committed public servant, and a tireless advocate for the cause of justice.

“Over the course of an illustrious career dedicated to his clients, to the citizens of Vermont, and to the American people – including twelve distinguished years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office he returned to lead in 2009 – Tris has demonstrated not only exceptional skill in litigation spanning the entire federal docket, but also consummate judgment.  He has played an instrumental role in driving important national policy changes, including commonsense sentencing reforms under the Department's Smart on Crime initiative.  And he has been at the forefront of efforts to combat the scourge of opioid addiction, both in Vermont and far beyond.

“Tris Coffin personifies the high standards of integrity and professional excellence that define the very best of this country’s public servants.  I will always be grateful for his years of distinguished service.  Although I will miss his leadership and wisdom, I thank him for his tireless work and wish him all the best in the next step of his remarkable career.”

Updated June 22, 2015