Wood resigning as U.S. attorney in western Missouri

KANSAS CITY | The top federal prosecutor in western Missouri is stepping down at the end of the month.

U.S. Attorney John F. Wood issued a statement Wednesday saying he submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama, effective Feb. 28.

Wood was appointed U.S. attorney for the western district of Missouri by then-President George W. Bush. He was sworn into office in April 2007.

A spokesman says Wood has accepted a position as a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

As U.S. attorney, Wood reorganized the office to create new units in such areas as terrorism and national security, violent crime, and fraud and corruption.