Northern District of Ohio
United States Marshal Peter J. Elliott
On March 10, 2003, Peter J. Elliott was appointed by President George W. Bush as United States Marshal for the Northern District of Ohio after being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. In 2009, Marshal Elliott was officially retained by President Barack Obama to continue his service. Marshal Elliott is the 26th U.S. Marshal appointed in the district and the longest serving United States Marshal in the history of Northern District of Ohio which was created in 1855. Marshal Elliott is responsible for the management, administration, and direction of operations throughout the district, which consists of the northern forty counties. He is responsible for leading and directing a staff whose core missions include security and protection of the United States Courts, criminal investigations, fugitive apprehension, execution of federal court orders and other law enforcement activities.
Marshal Elliott grew up in Lakewood, Ohio and graduated from St. Edward High School and then Capital University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. He is a third generation law enforcement officer whose law enforcement career has spanned over 32 years. He worked undercover narcotics then followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Deputy United States Marshal. He later became an ATF Agent investigating terrorism, firearms and explosives cases.
Marshal Elliott has created many new and innovative programs to further
the mission of the US Marshals Service, to increase collaboration
between federal, state and local agencies and to involve the community
in making their streets safer. Most notably, Marshal Elliott created the
Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force which has arrested nearly
40,000 fugitives since its inception in 2003 and now includes over 125
partner agencies and over 350 law enforcement officers. In 2005 Marshal
Elliott created the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program in which law
enforcement partners with the local faith based community and encourages
fugitives to surrender at a local place of worship. This highly
successful program has been duplicated across the country and has led to
the peaceful surrender of over 60, 000 fugitives. In 2015, he created
the Cold Case Fugitive Unit that recently arrested a 1959 Ohio prison
escapee making him the longest running fugitive ever captured in the
history of the Marshals Service. He has partnered with local media
outlets to highlight the most wanted fugitives of our area and has
established anonymous tip and text lines for tipsters to submit
information on fugitives.
of United States Marshals for the Northern District of Ohio