The US attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling will step down as the state’s chief attorney at the end of February after nearly four years, his office said on Wednesday.
Lelling, who was appointed US attorney and confirmed the position in the US Senate by former President Trump, said he announced his resignation to President Joe Biden earlier this week. Until Biden appoints a successor, first assistant US attorney, Nathaniel Mendell, will serve as acting US attorney.
Last month, the Boston Globe reported that the four finalists for the US attorney’s position are Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins. Josh Levy, partner at Ropes & Gray; and two people who already work for the US law firm in Massachusetts, Civil Rights Director Jennifer Serafyn and Springfield Office Director Deepika Bains Shukla.
As a U.S. attorney, Lelling’s office charged 11 current and former members of the State Police and 10 current and former members of the Boston Police Department of fraudulent overtime practices and other corruption, accused former MP David Nangle of Lowell of suspected fraud, and charged a district judge on alleged obstruction of the law Judiciary. His office also oversaw the “varsity blues” investigation into college admissions corruption, “prioritized the eradication of drug trafficking and violence in Lawrence,” and was the only US law firm in the country to implement the Disabled Americans Act. to call for care facilities and county prisons to aid drug addicts recovery, Lelling’s office said.
Prior to his current role, Lelling served as the office’s senior litigator and previously served as a federal attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and was an advisor to the Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
It is not uncommon for a U.S. attorney appointed by an outgoing or former president to resign when a new president takes office. Former U.S. attorney Carmen Ortiz, an Obama administration-appointed person, resigned a week before Trump took office in 2017.
Lelling’s office hasn’t hinted at what his next venture might be, but it has previously suggested that he might consider running for political office.
“Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that,” Lelling told the Boston Herald last month. “I wouldn’t rule it out. I think it’s possible that I could pursue something in politics.”