CHICAGO (AP) — A former federal prosecutor says he’s surprised that the Obama administration chose attorney Zachary Fardon to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.

Defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor Phil Turner says he doesn’t believe Fardon’s background is broad enough to take on a job the holds so much power. He also hoped a woman or minority would have been chosen.

But prominent Chicago defense attorney Ed Genson calls Fardon “an exceptional lawyer” with good judgment.

Fardon is a former federal prosecutor now in private practice who is replacing Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald rose to national prominence during more than a decade in the office and successfully convicted two Illinois governors.

The post is widely regarded as Chicago’s second-most powerful job, after the mayor.

The U.S. Senate must confirm Fardon’s nomination.

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