Former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr., whose plans for a leisurely exit from his post were upended when the Trump administration called for his immediate resignation last month, has accepted a job at Entergy Corp.
Polite, 41, started work Tuesday as the vice president of Entergy’s legal, ethics and compliance department, utility officials said. He replaced Neal Jansonius, who recently announced his retirement.
“Kenneth’s superior legal acumen, experience leading people and his personal commitment to local communities make him a great addition to our team,” said Marcus Brown, Entergy’s executive vice president and counsel.
Among Entergy Corp.'s subordinate companies are Entergy New Orleans and Entergy Louisiana.
Polite did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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A New Orleans native, Polite was among the 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama who were asked to resign in March by the Trump administration, despite support from two top Louisiana Republicans: Attorney General Jeff Landry and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
Though he had expected to be ushered out — he sent in his resignation hours before his ouster — the immediacy was a surprise, Polite said at the time.
He had planned to leave on March 24. Instead, he was hustled out March 10, prompting him to joke on Twitter the next morning that he felt like “Craig from Friday,” a character in a 1995 movie who was let go on his day off.
In a statement announcing his departure, Polite said he expected to remain in New Orleans. Entergy's corporate headquarters are on Loyola Avenue in the Central Business District.
It’s a return to the private sector for Polite, who spent nearly a decade as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and then at Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard University, he also served as a law clerk in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. Obama appointed him as New Orleans’ top prosecutor in 2013.
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The move to Entergy should silence rumors that Polite might run for mayor this fall. He has done his best to quell such talk, saying repeatedly he isn’t interested in the city’s top political prize.
Entergy Corp. is the only Fortune 500 company in New Orleans.