Hogsett to resign this month as U.S. attorney

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Joseph Hogsett, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, plans to resign from the post on July 31, he announced Monday morning.

Democrat Hogsett, 58, has long been the subject of rumored bids for both Indianapolis mayor and U.S. senator. His resignation letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, dated Monday, made no mention of why he decided to step down or his plans after leaving the office.

“In 2010, I accepted the nomination to serve as United States Attorney with the firm belief that this position represented a wonderful opportunity to serve both my country and my community,” Hogsett said. “Today, with the same consideration in mind, I am leaving the office with full confidence that our leadership team will do nothing but continue to build on the enormous progress of the past four years.”

In July 2010, the Rushville native and former Indiana secretary of state was nominated to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office on Oct. 7, 2010.

During his tenure, Hogsett’s office handled several high-profile cases focusing on fraud, including the conviction of Indianapolis financier Tim Durham for a Ponzi scheme that lost some $200 million for mostly mom-and-pop investors in Fair Finance Co.

Earlier this month, his office charged a former official of the Center Township Trustee's Office with theft and embezzlement of federal program funds.

Hogsett had said earlier this year he intended to remain U.S. attorney through the end of his term in 2016. On Monday, a spokesman for Hogsett said he would have no immediate comment on his resignantion beyond the announcement, but that "transition details" would come within a few days.

Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard hasn't yet said whether he'll seek a third term in the 2015 election.

Hogsett's resignation letter outlines several accomplishments that would help position a candidate for a run focusing on law and order and fiscal responsibility.

"We have set new records for the number of defendants charged and the total number of criminal convictions. The office has led the nation in average length of sentences imposed on criminal defendants. Fiscally, average office spending has fallen every year I have served, and is currently at a level not seen since the Bush administration," the letter reads.

Law enforcement has been a hot topic recently in Indianapolis, with an escalating murder rate so far in 2014 and a couple of high-profile shooting incidents in the last 10 days.

Early morning on July 5, two men in Broad Ripple pulled weapons in a skirmish and wounded seven people. On the night of July 5, Indianapolis police officer Perry Renn was shot and killed in a shootout.



  • Correction
    Meant $10 million, not $109 million. Typo
  • Ballard = Liberal, Big Spending, Big Taxing Mayor
    Any Ballard supporter, and I was one in 2007, who complains about Peterson being a tax and spend mayor, isn't paying attention. Mayor Ballard is far more liberal than Peterson ever thought about being, has supported more tax and fee increases than any mayor in history, is constantly borrowing from the future to pay for projects now, repeatedly enters into bone-headed deals like the cricket stadium, the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, and the 50 year parking meter deal. Just the other day he announced $109 million more of the taxpayers money to go to a public university. Unbelievable. Ballard's support for corporate welfare has been through the roof. His administration isn't even run by him. It's run by Barnes & Thornburg attorneys who make sure their clients get the lion share of the taxpayer's money.
    • Wrong Danny Hayes
      No, Danny, you are wrong. The mayor in an Indiana city proposes a budget and the tqax rate to the city-county council. The council can only lower the mayor's proposal, not raise it. So, Petersen was totally reponsible for the tax rates during his term. Don't write about what you don't know.
    • Educate Yourself Exec
      I'm not anti-Ballard. I think he has accomplished some good things for the City but you mention people were tired of Peterson and the high property taxes. You do realize the Mayor Of Indianapolis isn't responsible for that don't you?? That is a STATE function
      • Ballard
        I for one think the mayor has done an amazing job. The infrastructure improvements alone have been top notch. These "Dems" on this board cannot give this guy an ounce of credit. He bailed the city out from Peterson's fiscal mismanagement, fixed roads, and has been mayor while several meaningful apartment projects have come to life. City Way, Cummins, MSA, and Georgia Street have and will leave a lasting impact. What did the Dems do under Peterson? The Conrad, that is it. And that is when economic times were better. What a joke (some of these post).
      • Parties
        Democrats and Republicans are largely the same. The former prefers to tax and spend, the latter prefers to borrow and spend. At least the Dems are honest about what they want to do, rather than feigning some illusion of fiscal conservatism while selling off city assets, funding pet projects, and borrowing the city into oblivion for things that should be paid for out of the operating budget.
      • Corruption?
        Most of us are not so naive as to believe that every corrupt politician ends up in jail, and that there are varying levels of corruption. Any objective look at Ballard's campaign contributors and policy beneficiaries has to draw a lot of questions about whether he acts in the best interest of the city and its citizens versus those who can provide assistance to keep him in power. That doesn't always add up to an actual crime of corruption, but it should certainly raise a lot of doubt about whether one is a good steward of the government. Remember, there would be no land bank scandal if the Mayor's Office hadn't interfered to put Reggie Walton and John Hawkins into their jobs. I don't believe that either one of these employees was selected by DMD management. Would Hogsett be different? Will he take campaign funds from the same cast of cronies looking to belly up to the public trough? That will tell me a lot.
      • Vision ???
        Ballard does have a vision. Keep the little guy hungry and pay the big bucks to the billionaires who run this city.
      • Please
        Please run for mayor Joe, please! Indianapolis needs you to help us take our city back!
      • LOL
        Now Maria, it doesn't take much common sense to understand that IF our Mayor was the head of a corrupt administration then it would have been the man you are asking to run against him who would have been responsible for opening an investigation. Since no such action has EVER been undertaken, should we not assume, using your logic, that Hogsett is also very likely to be corrupt? I don't think that Mayor Ballard has been a bad Mayor - in fact, he's accomplished more than I think many give him credit for. I do, however, think there are more qualified and capable contenders.
      • Ballard does have a vision
        If anyone was paying attention they would of noticed Mayor Ballard does have a vision. He specifically said he wants Indianapolis to be the capital of the new midwest and America's most livable big city. He is putting the foundation in place for that so please quit the lies of no vision.
      • Ballard
        Like another person mentioned, Ballard is likable, but has no vision at all (well except for cricket stadiums and fake Chinatowns). This city needs a leader with vision and also one that is not beholden to his/her campaign contributors. While I don't believe Ballard himself is corrupt, being a weak leader lets corruption flourish. That is what is happening in our city with the land bank case, ROC, etc. Hogsett seems like a no-nonsense guy that will put our city back on the right track.
        • re: Executive
          Ballard is likable but has little vision. As regards Peterson, didn't those high taxes actually provide something like snow removal, policing, Monon trail and money for schools? Oh and I don't believe he sold off the parking meters or water for short term gain - ya know, so those companies can raise prices and it not be a tax........
        • Executive is anything but...
          Executive, you do not sound very Executive to me. You sound like a person who resorts to sound bites because you haven't really tackled complex issues in your own purview that need action but are nuanced. Mayor Ballard has to be given credit for a huge amount of growth as a leader since he was elected by an electorate who wanted Mayor Peterson to know they were disgruntled over the tax situation not that they thought Greg Ballard would actually win. However Mayor Ballard has done a good job generally to grasp what Executive here can't, which is that real leadership doesn't approach improving things by thinking in sound bites and mindless pigeon-holing of people who think differently. Indianapolis is on whole a very successful city, in spite of many challenges, and has benefitted from extremely able mayors from Lugar on, including Bart Peterson. Partisan politics on a local level is not very worthwhile for any city resident, or for our elected officials either if they want to make a difference.
        • Whew
          After seeing Ballard in Bicycle shorts at the Crit I think it's time for a new Mayor.
        • LOLz
          How ironic that a Ballard supporter is complaining about "tax and spend Big Government Liberals." We all understand the republican party. Tax and spend is ok when its a republican doing it and it benefits the rich and your donors. Tax and spend is bad when a democrat is doing it.
        • Run Joe Run
          If we do not get the crime under wraps this city will end up like Detroit, Gary or worse. Ballard and his munions are clearly outmatched by sthe situation. If I hear them spout another statistics about how I should not be effected I am going crazy. We recently put in an alarm system that is as I see it an incompetence tax. Yes, crime does have an effect on people. I hope Joe runs. The city needs him.
        • Haha "Executive"
          Now THAT was funny. Not sure what was a bigger waste, my time for reading your post or yours for writing it.
        • One more reason to leave
          Should Joe Hogsett get elected, it will be just one more reason for business and jobs to relocate outside the grasp on the tax and spend Big Government Liberals in Indianapolis. The City-County Council is now Democrat majority-controlled and whether or not one cares for Ballard's increasingly Progressive style of management, it is way better than the mess left the taxpayers by Bart Peterson, the last Demo mayor. If one forgets, it was high property taxes, a rising crime rate and a chance for a change that did in Peterson.
          • Ballard vs. Hogsett
            Oh snap! It's on! Ballard vs. Hogsett. Indy is due for a "real" mayoral race, this will be epic!
          • HELP
            We NEED you...please help us get rid of Ballard
          • Run Joe Run!!!
            Please run for mayor Joe. We need someone to come in and clean house. They past two mayors have run administrations rampant with corruption. We need to clean house before corruption is accepted as normal like Chicago.

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