U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor has announced that he is resigning effective May 29. The top prosecutor intends to join the private sector. He served as U.S. Attorney since September 2006. There had already been much speculation about who would fill Taylor’s position.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a press release. It reads in part:

Mr. Taylor has served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia since September 29, 2006. He currently serves as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and serves on the White Collar/Fraud and Terrorism and National Security Subcommittees.

“Serving the residents of the District of Columbia has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life,” said U.S. Attorney Taylor. “It has been my distinct honor to have led the extraordinary talented and dedicated men and women in this office for more than 2½ years. It has also been a privilege to work with some of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country who work tirelessly to make this city safe.”

Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, from 2002 to 2006, Mr. Taylor served as Counselor to Attorney Generals John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales, where he handled a broad array of matters, including oversight of the Department’s national security, terrorism, and criminal litigation and policy, as well as the operations of the Department’s law enforcement components.