Chicago U.S. Marshall Resigns
By ABC-7 Chicago | August 26, 2022 2:58 pm

CHICAGO - The acting U.S. Marshall in Chicago, whose financial management is under investigation, has resigned and accepted a demotion, the ABC7 I-Team has learned.

Joel Kirch will come out of retirement to take over temporarily. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly for Main Justice).

The I-Team first reported Monday night that Darryl McPherson resigned from the presidentially-appointed position and would accept demotion to another job in Chicago.

Chicago USMS Chief Joel Kirch will likely be named acting marshal by the Justice Department. Kirsch was brought in by the national director to get the office back in order. He is past mandatory retirement age but was extended and could serve out the rest of McPherson’s term if a permanent replacement isn’t nominated and confirmed by the senate.

There has still been no official announcement from Washington or Chicago explaining why McPherson resigned but the I-Team revealed a year ago that McPherson was subject of a Justice Department investigation targeting financial mismanagement of the office.

Federal sources familiar with the McPherson situation on Tuesday told the I-Team that McPherson was being pressured for some time to step down and that pressure intensified after the internal investigation report was released. It is said to be a scathing evaluation of McPherson’s performance. (Read more).

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