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NYC Investigations Chief Resigns Amid de Blasio Probe

© Peter Carr, USA TODAY Network

NEW YORK (77WABC) — The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that the head of New York City’s Department of Investigation will leave her job for a role in the Southern District of New York.

Margaret Garnett, who de Blasio selected in 2018 to lead the DOI, will begin serving next month under Damian Williams, the newly sworn-in US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Margaret was a legendary Assistant U.S. Attorney,” a statement from the Department of Justice reads. “During her time in the Office, she led some of the Office’s most important investigations and prosecutions, and mentored countless AUSAs. Her storied career in public service leaves no doubt that she will be an exceptional Deputy U.S. Attorney.”

Garnett’s resignation — effective November 10 — comes less than a week after the agency released a 47-page report that found Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family improperly used his police security detail. According to the probe, the mayor’s detail helped his daughter move, acted as a “concierge service” for his son around the city, and was used as protection during his failed 2020 presidential bid.

 

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