Dwight Holton: from US atty's office to law firm

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man who served for 20 months as Oregon's top federal prosecutor says he's leaving his government job to accept a position with a Portland law firm.

Dwight Holton said Tuesday in an email to colleagues that his last day with the U.S. attorney's office in Portland will be Friday. He begins work at the Lane Powell law firm next Monday.

He has declined to comment on any political plans.

Holton was assigned to the top job at the U.S. attorney's office in February 2010 and held it until last October, when Amanda Marshall was officially sworn in. She was President Obama's selection for the job.

The 46-year-old Holton helped persuade the city of Portland to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. He also launched an investigation into whether the Portland Police Bureau's use of force showed a pattern of civil rights violations.