WASHINGTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Chuck Rosenberg, a top official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will replace Michele Leonhart as the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"Chuck Rosenberg is one of the finest people and public servants I have ever known," Comey said. "His judgment, intelligence, humility, and passion for the mission will be sorely missed at FBI. I congratulate our friends at the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is good for the entire Department of Justice and the country."
As a federal prosecutor, Rosenberg was involved in trials of espionage, kidnapping, murder, crimes against children and complex financial fraud. He was hired by the Justice Department right after he received his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who herself was recently appointed, praised Rosenberg and congratulated him.
"Throughout his distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Chuck has earned the trust and the praise of his colleagues at every level," Lynch said. "He has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakeable integrity. And he has demonstrated, time and again, his deep and unwavering commitment not only to the women and men who secure our nation, but to the fundamental values that animate their service."
Rosenberg would need congressional approval to become the permanent DEA head.
Leonhart, who held the post since 2007, announced in April she would leave the embattled DEA agency following a Justice Department report that DEA agents participated in "sex parties" with prostitutes in Colombia.
The House Oversight Committee previously said in a statement that Leonhart was "woefully unable to change or positively influence the pervasive 'good old boy' culture that exists throughout the agency."