One of the US attorneys in the state of Georgia has resigned.
Charlie Peeler, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, resigned as a U.S. attorney effective December 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Upon his retirement, he plans to rejoin a private practice with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
U.S. attorney Peeler, a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law, has been a U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia since 2017. During his tenure, US attorney Peeler implemented an effective and sustained strategy to combat violent crime in all five divisions in the Central District of Georgia. He also created an office complex fraud department to detect, investigate and eliminate fraud by maximizing the resources of parallel civil and criminal law departments. During his three years as a US attorney, the office grew to have the highest number of US assistant attorneys and prosecuted more defendants than any other three year period in the history of the office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also began re-entry forums that matched recently released inmates with nonprofits to help them find jobs, housing, and education. Under the direction of US attorney Peeler, the office worked with the Peyton Anderson Foundation, the Federal Defender’s Office and the US District Court to develop and disseminate Armed With Knowledge, an educational program that focuses on a short film, that warns children and young people about life. Changing the consequences of illegal gun possession.
“Working as the United States attorney for the Georgia Middle District has been the most rewarding experience of my career. I thank the President for the trust he has shown in me, and I thank Attorney General Barr and the former Attorney General’s offices for their guidance and assistance. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented men and women in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our brave and dedicated federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to protect our citizens and help protect the Middle District of Georgia a better place to make. “Said US attorney Peeler.
“I would like to thank US attorney Charlie Peeler for his dedicated service to the people of Georgia,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Together we have countered gang violence and made incredible progress in our fight against human trafficking in Georgia. On behalf of all Georgians, Marty and I are grateful for Charlie’s unwavering commitment to Peach State, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. “
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Charlie Peeler for the past three years. Charlie was a good friend of law enforcement officials across the state of Georgia, ”said US Marshal John Cary Bittick. “I think Charlie was a great United States attorney and a great representative of the Middle District of Georgia.”
“It was an honor to work side by side with Charlie Peeler. He’s done a great job as a US attorney and we will miss him, ”said GBI Director Vic Reynolds.
“The citizens of this state and country should be grateful for the dedication, dedication and service that US attorney Charlie Peeler has shown over the past three years,” said Chris Hacker, FBI Atlanta Special Agent. “The FBI could not appreciate the partnership we have built with him and his office to protect our citizens and uphold our constitution. All of us at the Atlanta FBI Office and based agencies in the Middle District of Georgia wish this great official every success in his private practice. “
“The citizens of the Middle District of Georgia were well served by US attorney Charles Peeler,” said Robert J. Murphy, special agent for the Atlanta Field Division of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. “It was refreshing to work with a man whose guiding principles were doing the right thing and making the church a safer place. Charlie worked hand in hand with law enforcement every day to make sure we bring those who have fallen victim to our community to justice. I wish Charlie all the best in his future endeavors. Hopefully Charlie will have the opportunity to serve our country again. “
“US attorney Charlie Peeler understands the needs of every community he has served,” said Arthur Peralta, special agent at ATF Atlanta. “As a US attorney, Charlie Peeler has served with distinction and honor. He has inspired us to seek justice for those who cannot do this alone. He has given us an example of courage to emulate, and although he holds a high position, he is a friend to each of us. The Atlanta Field Division deeply thanks US Attorney Peeler for his service to the nation and our Georgia communities. “
“The United States Intelligence Service and the US Attorney’s Office in the Georgia Central District have always been strong partners. United States attorney Charlie Peeler made that relationship even better during his tenure, ”said Clint A. Bush, Resident Agent in Charge, United States Intelligence, Albany Georgia Resident Office. “United States attorney Peeler has worked tirelessly to bring accountability to those who attempted financial fraud against the United States and the citizens of Georgia. His professional contributions to protecting our financial system and our communities have helped us all greatly, and we are grateful for that. “
US attorney Peeler was a member of the Attorney General’s Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Subcommittee and Service Members and Veterans Rights Subcommittee. U.S. attorney Peeler also served as chairman of the Justice Department’s Investment Review Board, which is responsible for reviewing and recommending technology purchases for the Department of Justice.
The Middle District of Georgia comprises 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties and includes Albany, Valdosta, Columbus, Macon, and Athens. The US Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, fraud, firearms, illegal gangs, and narcotics. The Office also defends the United States on civil matters, prosecutes civil fraud on behalf of the United States, and collects debt to the United States.
Jessica Szilagyi is a statewide contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She mainly focuses on state and local politics, as well as law enforcement issues. She has a political science background with a concentration in local government and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica writes “Like It Or Not” for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and “Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers”.