WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s top drug enforcement official will step down next month, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Tuesday, after her agency was tarnished by a scandal over sex parties with prostitutes and she broke with President Obama on drug policy.
Michele M. Leonhart, the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, told Mr. Holder that she intended to retire, ending a 35-year tenure at the agency. In a statement, he called her a “trailblazer for equality” and a “good friend,” but in recent years, she had faced accusations of mismanagement.
While some of Ms. Leonhart’s views on drug enforcement had long been in conflict with Mr. Obama’s, the deciding factor in her decision to step down appeared to be her management of the prostitution scandal.
“The agency produced commendable investigative and enforcement outcomes under her leadership,” Mr. Adler said, “and replacing Administrator Leonhart with Dudley Do-Right will be a disservice to our country.”