February 11, 2021, 11:37 a.m.
Posted: Feb 11, 2021 11:37 am
MADISON, Wisconsin (WKBT) – The US attorney for the western district of Wisconsin announced Thursday that he would be stepping down in late February.
Scott C. Blader has served as the U.S. attorney since 2017, serving the 44 counties and 60% Wisconsin area. The district includes the towns of La Crosse, Eau Claire and Madison.
“Working as the United States attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin has been the most rewarding experience of my career. I thank Attorneys General Barr and Sessions for the trust they have shown in me and for their guidance and assistance. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with the exceptional men and women in the US attorney’s office who deserve the real credit for our achievements, ”Blader said in a statement. “I am also honored to have the opportunity to work with our brave and dedicated federal, state and local law enforcement partners who work daily to protect our citizens and make the western district of Wisconsin a better place do.”
Blader said he prioritized public relations for law enforcement agencies during his tenure, which resulted in a 63% increase in cases filed between 2017 and 2019. Charge Robert J. Bell said they recognized Blader’s leadership in creating a cohesive team in the region .
“Scott Blader has worked admirably as the United States attorney for the western district of Wisconsin, working tirelessly to protect citizens from the effects of drug trafficking and drug-related violence. Scott’s office vigorously pursued violent drug trafficking crimes and illegal gang activity while ensuring justice in all matters. We will miss Scott and his leadership, ”said Bell.
Blader has also advanced a number of Justice Department initiatives aimed at child exploitation and human trafficking.
“I’ve never seen a stronger partnership between our state law enforcement and US attorneys than in the past four years,” said Administrator Brian R. O’Keefe of the DOJ’s Criminal Investigation Department in Wisconsin. “US attorney Blader went to tremendous effort to build and nurture the relationship our law enforcement community now has with the US Attorney General and make Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Madison is responsible for conducting all criminal and civil litigation in the district in which the United States government is involved.
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