PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A top official in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has announced his resignation.
Tariq El-Shabazz, who was deputy of investigations and first assistant district attorney, submitted his letter of resignation on Monday.
“Mr. El-Shabazz did submit his letter of resignation to the District Attorney, effective close of business today,” said office spokesperson Cameron Kline.
This comes after Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Friday that he will not be seeking re-election for a third term following an ethics investigation where he was fined over $60,000 for not reporting sources of income and accepting gifts.
A longtime friend and confidant of Williams, El-Shabazz served as his chief lieutenant for six months, working on special investigations including insurance fraud, drug and cyber crimes.
Before his role in the district attorney’s office, El-Shabazz worked as a criminal defense attorney and has been a lawyer for 28 years.
El-Shabazz began working for the district attorney’s office in August 2016.