Rockingham County District Attorney Craig Blitzer resigned from office Friday, two days after agents with the State Bureau of Investigation raided his office.
A spokeswoman for the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, Sharon Gladwell, confirmed Blitzer’s resignation late Friday evening. Blitzer has served as district attorney since being sworn in Jan. 1, 2015, after winning the seat in the November 2014 general election.
The resignation was effective immediately, Gladwell said.
It was not immediately clear who would serve as the acting district attorney. That appointment comes from Gov. Roy Cooper.
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.
Crosswhite, at the request of the state Administrative Office of Courts, ordered the investigation in July 2016.
On Wednesday, SBI agents executed a search warrant, ordered sealed by a Wake County Superior Court judge. According to the motion to seal the documents, SBI agents were focused on a state computer in Blitzer’s possession and other undisclosed items.
In January, Debra Halbrook, a former employee in Bradsher’s office, filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that she was fired for reporting the district attorneys to the SBI.
Halbrook alleged in the lawsuit that the two district attorneys employed each other’s wives in what she called the “Bradsher-Blitzer ‘Hire My Wife’ scheme.” She claimed in the lawsuit that the two families collected more than $100,000 a year in salaries, even though the wives rarely worked.
In a December letter to the state attorney general’s office, Crosswhite named as suspects Blitzer’s wife, Cindy Blitzer, and District Judge John “J.” Stultz, a former Caswell County chief assistant district attorney. The letter added that the investigation could involve other people.
Gladwell said she didn’t have any information indicating that Bradsher has resigned.