Central Valley

Valley's federal attorney plans to leave his post in January

McGregor W. Scott, who has served as U.S. attorney for California's eastern federal judicial district since March 2003, announced Thursday that he will leave office on Jan. 4.

The district is centered in Fresno and Sacramento and stretches from Kern County north to the Oregon border and from the Coast Ranges to the Nevada border.

Today's announcement wasn't surprising. Scott -- who was appointed by President Bush -- has said in the past that he would leave the post even if the Republican Party keeps control of the White House.

Bush will leave office in January. Though Scott has sent a resignation letter, he will remain in the post for the next two months.

After he departs, Scott will join the Sacramento office of a national law firm as a partner.

Scott thanked Bush for giving him "the greatest professional experience and honor of my life." He also said he worked hard to "advance the goals of the Department of Justice."

Before assuming his post, Scott served as district attorney in Shasta County from 1997 to 2003. He began his legal career in 1989 as a deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County.

Under Department of Justice procedures, an acting U.S. attorney will be appointed to fill the post until a new U.S. attorney is named.