U.S. Attorney Duane "Dak" Kees of Bentonville has resigned, effective midnight Jan. 17.
He plans to enter the private sector in Arkansas.
During Kees’ tenure as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, he served on the attorney general’s advisory committee and as chair of the Veterans’ Rights Subcommittee. He was also responsible for opening a newly staffed office in Hot Springs.
As U.S attorney, Kees oversaw the prosecution of several public corruption cases, including that of former state Senator Jon Woods, who was convicted in 2018 of conspiracy, honest services mail and wire fraud and money laundering and was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison.
Kees also oversaw the prosecution of many violent armed criminals under the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative and child abusers under the Project Safe Childhood initiative.
He earned his juris doctorate from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law. Kees is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Army Judge Advocate Criminal Law Advocacy Course, Advanced Trial Advocacy Course and U.S. Navy Complex Litigation Course.
Prior to his appointment as the U.S. attorney, he spent more than eight years on active duty in the Army, both as an enlisted soldier and a judge advocate general’s (JAG) corps officer. He deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars.
Upon leaving active duty, Kees joined the Asa Hutchinson Law Group PLC in Bentonville.
After leaving the private practice of law, he was a director in global ethics and compliance for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.