Donald S. Boyce announced his resignation from the position of United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, according to a news release from his office.
The resignation will be effective at midnight on July 21.
Boyce was sworn in as U.S. attorney on July 8, 2016, after his appointment by then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Boyce was later re-appointed U.S. attorney by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Oct. 28, 2016.
Before his appointment as U.S. attorney, Boyce served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2006, most recently as chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Boyce is also a former St. Louis police officer.
Effective on July 22, 2018, Steven D. Weinhoeft will assume the role of acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Weinhoeft has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2008, including serving as first assistant U.S. attorney from 2016 to the present.
Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Weinhoeft served as first assistant in the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office in his hometown of Springfield.
— The Southern