July 13th, 2010
07:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Nation's oldest federal prosecutor decides to retire

Washington (CNN) - A living legend to generations of government lawyers during his 60 years at the Justice Department has decided to retire at age 88.

John C. "Jack" Keeney, by far the oldest Justice Department employee and perhaps the oldest and longest-serving federal civil servant in the nation, said Monday he will leave for good after 90 final days.

Keeney rose from rookie lawyer in President Harry Truman's Justice Department in 1951 to his current post of deputy assistant attorney general.

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  1. Bob in PA

    Probably one of the few non-political employees left in the Justice Department.

    July 13, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. A living legend to generations

    now see if he will consult as a mentor/teacher... we desparately need role models at ALL levels even at the employee levels

    poor decision making could be mitigated by some measured long term thinking

    July 13, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Thomas

    Wow, 60 years of public service. I guess it turned out to be a full time job huh? Time to retire, you deserve it. Thank you for your service to our country.

    July 13, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |