PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The acting U.S. attorney for Rhode Island has been named the interim appointee.

The office says Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Stephen Dambruch (DAM’-bruk).

Dambruch became the acting U.S. attorney in March with the departure of Peter Neronha (neh-ROH’-nah). Sessions asked dozens of U.S. attorneys to resign.

The vacancies have been temporarily filled by prosecutors who are permitted to serve in that position for just 300 days.

To keep offices functioning, Sessions this week used his authority to appoint 17 interim U.S. attorneys.

The appointments, while temporary, could put the interim appointees in strong positions to permanently lead the districts.

Dambruch was named first assistant U.S. attorney in 2014. He has been with the office since 2004.

His appointment as the state’s top federal law enforcement officer takes effect Friday.

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