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Less than a week after Pittsburgh police Chief Cameron McLay officially stepped down from his post, one of his staunchest allies, David Hickton, announced he would be resigning as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania after more than six years.

His resignation is effective Nov. 28.

“The opportunity to serve as a United States Attorney in this administration has been the professional privilege of a lifetime and the highlight of my career,” he said.

While Hickton was exceedingly brief in his parting comments, others were not. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald called him “a force for positive outreach among communities and law enforcement in western Pennsylvania.”

“His impact and interaction with all segments of the community, including many that have been left behind previously, gave people a seat at the table and a voice. Because of his involvement, we were able to avoid many of the issues that other communities faced. David did that work quietly and behind the scenes, embracing every part of our region. His leadership on the opioid situation and cybersecurity put us on the map nationally,” he said.

“We are very fortunate to have had the service of U.S. Attorney Hickton and hope that the example he set during his tenure is something that is replicated here in western Pennsylvania and beyond for years to come.”

During his tenure, Hickton established a civil rights section within the district office,  assembled a Community Police Working Group in 2011 to build trust for and from law enforcement and the citizens they serve, and, working with McLay, got Pittsburgh selected as one of six pilot cities for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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