Geneva County native resigns as U.S. Attorney after order from Trump administration

U.S. Attorney George Beck speaks with reporters about high technology thefts in this February 22, 2017 photo.
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Undated (WTVY)- U.S. Attorney George Beck resigned Friday after an order for 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Obama to depart their jobs. The Justice Department announced that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session asked them to submit their resignations immediately.

“As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,” agency spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”

Beck's resignation was confirmed in an email to WTVY from Doug Howard, who handles media relations for the U.S. Attorneys Office in Montgomery.

Beck, 75, was appointed in March 2011 to represent the Middle District of Alabama that includes all southeast Alabama. He replaced Leura Canary, a holdover from the President George W. Bush administration.

US. attorneys are responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the territories they oversee. They report to justice department leadership in Washington, and their priorities are expected to be in line with those of the attorney general.

Sessions, from 1981-1993, was a U.S. Attorney representing the Southern District of Alabama. He and Beck are longtime acquaintances.

Beck is a native of Geneva and his brother, Warren, was a state lawmaker until his death in 2010.

Howard said that until an acting US Attorney is appointed current First Assistant US Attorney, Clark Morris, will perform the duties of US Attorney.