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U.S. Marshals Service

Eastern District of Virginia

United States Marshal - Nick E. Proffitt


U.S. Marshal Nick Proffitt

Nick E. Proffitt was sworn in as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia on April 28, 2019.

As Marshal, he is responsible for all operations in the Eastern District of Virginia, which encompasses the portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia from Central Virginia to the Eastern Shore. The District has courthouses located in Alexandria, Richmond, Newport News and Norfolk and serves the most populated areas of the State. The District is also home to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in the State’s capital city of Richmond, and is also home to several government agencies to include the Pentagon and the world’s largest naval base in Norfolk. Marshal Proffitt’s responsibilities include leading and directing operations, including security and protection of the United States Courts, criminal investigations, fugitive apprehension, execution of federal court orders and other law enforcement activities. He and his team also support the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force's (CARFTF) mission to locate and apprehend fugitives throughout the Eastern District of Virginia and the Washington DC Metropolitan area.

Marshal Proffitt began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Norfolk, Virginia. He has served with the United States Marshals Service for more than 26 years in a wide variety of roles. Since 2006, his law enforcement focus has been threat management and intelligence operations and the prevention of mass casualty violence to protected persons and facilities. Marshal Proffitt founded the Eastern District of Virginia’s protective intelligence program, and served as the management team member in that role for over 11 years.

Marshal Proffitt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also a proud United States Air Force veteran, serving his country from 1986 to 1993. He was a combat instructor pilot in the C-130E aircraft, and served in combat operations in Operations Desert Shield/Storm. In addition to his military flying experience, he holds a civilian Airline Transport Pilot License and has flown for several civilian corporations and individuals in various types of corporate jet aircraft. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice