U.S. Attorney Peter Smith Announces Retirement

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United States Attorney Peter J. Smith has announced his retirement.

Smith, 75, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, submitted his resignation and plans to retire effective October 1, 2016.

Smith, originally from Wilkes-Barre, is retiring after more than six years as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The Middle District of Pennsylvania consists of 33 counties in central and northeast Pennsylvania with federal offices in Scranton, Williamsport, and Harrisburg.

He oversaw several public corruption cases, including two Luzerne County judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, convicted in the “Kids for Cash” scandal and two Lackawanna County commissioners, Robert Cordaro and A.J. Munchak, convicted in a “pay to play” scheme.

Smith was born in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from King’s College and Georgetown University Law School.

He was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by President Barack Obama in June 2010.