NewsLocal News


Tim Garrison, U.S. attorney in Missouri, submits resignation

Posted at 4:34 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 17:34:25-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tim Garrison, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, on Thursday submitted his resignation to President Joe Biden.

His resignation takes effect on Feb. 28, according to a news release from his office.

“It has been the privilege of my career to lead the office where I began my service as a federal prosecutor 14 years ago,” Garrison wrote in his resignation letter, which was provided by his office. “The lawyers and staff of my office accomplished a great deal for the people of Missouri in the last three years.”

Garrison was appointed as interim U.S. attorney in January 2018 and was confirmed by the Senate in April of that year.

Notably, he was one of the public faces behind the Operation LeGend initiative that began in Kansas City last summer and expanded to eight other U.S. cities, including St. Louis.

The federal initiative, named after the slain 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, resulted in 518 arrests in the metro, according to Garrison's office.

“I am particularly gratified by our work in Operation LeGend, in which we arrested more than 500 violent criminals in and around Kansas City and took hundreds of illegal firearms out of their hands, serving as a catalyst for similar state and federal collaboration in eight other American cities,” Garrison wrote in his resignation letter.

Garrison’s resignation comes after the U.S. Department of Justice this week asked all U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump to resign, according an Associated Press report. The process is not uncommon between presidential administrations.