Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, is resigning effective 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 11.
Following his resignation, he plans on reentering private practice with a law firm in Atlanta.
“Serving as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has been the most rewarding experience of my professional career," Peeler said in a prepared statement. "I thank the president for the trust he placed in me, and I thank Attorney General Barr and former Attorney General Sessions for their leadership and support. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the talented men and women in the United States Attorney’s Office and our brave and dedicated federal, state and local law enforcement to protect our citizens and make the Middle District of Georgia a better place.”
Gov. Brisan Kemp praised Peeler for his work prosecuting federal cases in the Middle District, which covers 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties and includes Albany, Valdosta, Columbus, Macon and Athens.
“I want to thank U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler for his dedicated service to the people of Georgia,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “Working together, we cracked down on gang violence and made incredible progress in our fight to end human trafficking in Georgia. On behalf of all Georgians, Marty and I are grateful for Charlie’s steadfast commitment to the Peach State, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Directot Vic Reynolds said, "It has been an honor working side-by-side with Charlie Peeler. He has done a great job as the U.S. Attorney and we will msiss him.”
Chris Hacker, special agent in charge of FBI 's Atlanta field office also weighed in on the prosecutor's resignation.
“The citizens of this state and this country should be grateful for the commitment, dedication and accomplishments that U.S. Attorney Charlie Peeler has achieved over the past three years,” Hacker said. "The FBI could not be more appreciative of the partnership we have developed with him and his office in our effort to protect our citizens and uphold our Constitution. All of us at the FBI Atlanta field office and resident agencies in the Middle District of Georgia wish this great public servant as much success in private practice.”
Peeler, a graduate of the University of Georgia and UGA's School of Law, has served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia since 2017. During his tenure, Peeler implemented an effective and sustainable strategy to combat violent crime in all five divisions in the Middle District of Georgia. He also created a Complex Fraud Unit in the Office to detect, investigate and eliminate fraud by maximizing parallel civil and criminal divisions’ resources. During his three-years as U.S. attorney, the Middle District's office grew to its highest number of assistant U.S. attorneys and prosecuted more criminal defendants than any other three-year period in the office’s recorded history. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also began reentry forums, pairing recently released inmates with non-profits to assist them in obtaining jobs, housing and education. Under Peeler’s leadership, the office partnered with the Peyton Anderson Foundation, the Federal Defender’s Office and the U.S. District Court to create and distribute “Armed With Knowledge,” an educational program centered on a short film warning children and teenagers of the life-altering consequences of unlawful firearm possession.
Peeler served on the Attorney General’s Subcommittee for Cybercrime and Intellectual Property and the Subcommittee for Service Members and Veterans Rights, and also chaired the Department of Justice’s Investment Review Board, which is responsible for vetting and recommending technology purchases for the Department of Justice.