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Published April 28, 2009, 10:38 AM

Wrigley to become VP at Noridian after leaving U.S. attorney post in August

FARGO - Drew Wrigley, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, announced Tuesday that he will step down in August to accept a job in the corporate sector.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

FARGO - Drew Wrigley, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota, announced Tuesday that he will step down in August to accept a job in the corporate sector.

Wrigley, best known for having prosecuted the man convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Dru Sjodin, will become a vice president at Noridian Administrative Services.

The company, an affiliate of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, announced that Wrigley has been hired as its vice president of compliance, audit and corporate ethics.

Tuesday’s announcement, which Wrigley said would allow for a smooth transition for his unnamed successor, had been expected since Barack Obama was elected president.

Wrigley, a Republican, was named by President George W. Bush in 2001, becoming North Dakota’s 17th U.S. attorney.

Members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation, all Democrats, have submitted names of possible successors to the Obama U.S. Department of Justice.

Although saying he did not expect to run for office in 2010, Wrigley left little doubt that he is interested in the possibility of seeking public office.

“I’m a Republican,” he said in a news conference. “We’ll just see where things go. My gut sense is that I’m probably somewhere in the middle of my public career.”

For more details, see Wednesday's Forum

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