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U.S. Attorney Resigns To Take Non-Profit Position


The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, which includes Columbus, said he's stepping down March 11. WOSU talked with Carter Stewart Friday afternoon about what’s next.

Carter Stewart, 46, is moving on to the next chapter. Stewart describes his time in the district as a “fantastic” experience, but he said he knew the job had an end date.

“Six-and-a-half years as U.S. Attorney is enough," he said. 

“It’s a very difficult decision because the work is so compelling, the mission is one that resonates with me, but I felt like it was time to take the next step.”

Stewart said he began to look for a new job about a year ago.

“And the specific opportunity was one I was looking for was one with a foundation or a non-profit. I wanted to continue service. I wanted to continue helping communities," Stewart said. 

The Department of Justice limits Stewart on what he can say about his new job, but he said the organization, which has offices in California and Massachusetts, will permit him to stay in Central Ohio if he chooses.  

Stewart took the U.S. Attorney position, in 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis and made mortgage fraud a priority. Later he turned the focus to the opioid epidemic, prosecuting pill mill operators.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, of Cincinnati, will serve in the interim. It will be up to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown whether to nominate Glassman for the permanent position.