Rockingham County district attorney Craig Blitzer resigns amid SBI probe

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer resigned from office Friday, two days after agents with the State Bureau of Investigation raided his office, according to Sharon Gladwell, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.

Gladwell said the resignation was effective immediately.

Gov. Roy Cooper has named former district attorney Tom Keith to serve as interim district attorney for Rockingham County. He will assume office Saturday.

All currently employed district attorney staff will remain employed regardless of Blitzer’s resignation. However, the North Carolina general statutes state that employees “serve at the district attorney’s pleasure.”

Blitzer has been under public scrutiny since October when Superior Court Judge Joe Crosswhite confirmed that the offices of Blitzer and Person/Caswell District Attorney Wallace Bradsher were being investigated by SBI on allegations that state money was stolen, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

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