Last year, Akers accepted a temporary post at the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, where she acted as a sort of liaison to the federal and county agencies and cross-prosecuted cases in the two jurisdictions.
Akers was Plants' chief of staff at the time she took on the federal time-share. She said she had to drop the post to handle the increased workload.
"I've enjoyed my time as a prosecutor," she said Wednesday. "It's been 13 years and it's been wonderful and I wish Plants' office the best."
Akers said she has not decided where she will practice law, although she has been considering a few options. She could not say whether she will seek to re-enter the public sector.
"My passion is serving the public, and being a public servant is what I always felt I was called to do," she said. "If that's where I'm led, that's where I'll go."
Plants reiterated that the decision to let Akers go was not made lightly and said that his former assistant was a "great prosecutor."
"I wish her the best," he said.
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