Mississippi U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst announces resignation
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst

With President Trump’s term coming to an end, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst has announced his resignation. 

Hurst submitted his resignation to President Trump and Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen ahead of his official departure on January 19th—one day prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

“Serving as the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over half of our state has been the highest honor of my professional career. During my time as U.S. Attorney, I have tried to do everything within my power to make our neighborhoods safer, support our law enforcement, engage and empower our communities and citizens, protect victims, prevent and reduce crime, and uphold our constitutional rights. The secret to the success of this office is its people – hard-working, tenacious, and full of integrity, they are committed to seeing that justice is always done, every day. I wish them all the best in their continued service to our fellow man and to this noble work,” U.S. Attorney Hurst said in a statement. 

In a news release, Hurst’s office highlighted a substantial rise in prosecutions since his appointment, the launch of Project EJECT—an initiative aimed at reducing violent crime in Mississippi—a stern focus on immigration, the opioid crisis, and human trafficking along with the prosecution of both the largest Ponzi scheme and healthcare fraud scheme in state history. 

“Mike Hurst is the ultimate public servant. He has routinely taken on tough fights in order to preserve the rule of law – because he believes in it. He has been a champion for the people of Mississippi, and we wish him well in his next adventure,” Governor Tate Reeves said. 

The U.S. Attorney also received words of encouragement from Mississippi’s Senate delegation as well as prominent members of the state’s law enforcement community. 

Hurst intends to join a law firm in Jackson upon his departure from the DOJ.