Personnel Update: U.S. Attorney Jay Town stepping down

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The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama will be stepping down. For the last three years, that position has been held by Jay E. Town, who handed his resignation to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. 

According to, Town was appointed to the position by President Donald Trump on June 12, 2017, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August. He was sworn in just over a week later. 

“I have been humbled and honored to lead the dedicated men and women of this office that work tirelessly each day. I have also been so very fortunate to admire the brave men and women of law enforcement – local, state, and federal – who serve this district so honorably and truly are the very best among us,” he said. “I believe our collective efforts have made the Northern District of Alabama safer.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office represents the United States government in federal cases.

Town has served as Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice System Personnel Intersection Working Group on the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, which was established in January of this year. 

One of Town’s more notable accomplishments is the percentage of his cases that resulted in prison time. In 2018 and 2019, the Northern District of Alabama, served by Town, saw the highest number of people sentenced to prison in it’s history. 

“My service as the U.S. Attorney has been the highest honor of my legal career. I am saddened to depart, but it is undeniable that I leave behind an incredibly competent and talented team that will always fight for justice here in the great state of Alabama,” Town said in a statement

Town was the second longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation, according to the statement. 

According to Town’s office website, Town earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. He received his law degree from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. He is a member of the State Bars of Indiana, New Jersey, and Alabama. He currently resides in Huntsville, AL. 

Barr will announce Town’s replacement soon.