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Bryan Wilson will serve as acting U.S. attorney for Alaska

Alaska’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson temporarily took over as the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Alaska on Monday, the office announced in an online statement.

Wilson is temporarily stepping into the position formerly filled by Bryan Schroder. In Alaska, the U.S. attorney for the district acts as the top prosecutor in federal cases.

The transition comes after President Joe Biden requested in early February that 56 U.S. Attorneys appointed by former president Donald Trump step down from their post by Feb. 28. Schroder, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, was among those included. On Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska announced Schroder would leave the position and Wilson would step in temporarily.

Wilson has served as first assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Alaska since November 2017. He stepped in as Acting U.S. Attorney as part of normal business operations described in the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, said Yulonda Candelario, a spokeswoman for the office.

Wilson served as an assistant U.S. attorney in northern Florida for nearly 20 years before transferring to the Anchorage office in 2010. He served as assistant U.S. atate’s attorney in Alaska’s civil division until he became the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the district in 2017.

In a statement, Wilson commended Schroder’s dedication to the employees of the office, law enforcement partners at all levels and his commitment to Alaskans.

“I am humbled and honored to continue those traditions,” he said in the statement. “The important work of the public servants in this Office — and their dedication to justice — continues. Our casework will persist uninterrupted.”

Wilson will serve until a new nomination and confirmation takes place, Candelario said. There is not a timeline yet for when that may happen, she said.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated Bryan Wilson’s former title. He was Alaska’s first assistant U.S. attorney.