The head of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Michele Leonhart is retiring following reports of agent misconduct and a no-confidence vote by a House of Representatives oversight committee. She will leave the post in mid-May.
Despite being expected to resign from her position, Leonhart chose to retire from federal service instead. She informed Attorney General Eric Holder of her decision on Tuesday afternoon.
“I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA, to the Department of Justice and to the American people,” Holder said in a statement.