D.C. – Donald Washington was sworn in as the director of the
U.S. Marshals Service today during a ceremonial installation service at
U.S. Marshals headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Deputy Attorney
General Rod Rosenstein administered the oath of office.
Washington becomes the agency’s 11th director since the office was
established in 1970.
“As the director of the Marshals Service,
Donald Washington will provide the leadership, integrity and respect
that the Marshals Service deserves,” said Rosenstein. “He comes to this
role with a long record of service in the military, in law enforcement
and in the private sector; and he possesses the expertise and personal
qualities to fit the mission.”
“U.S. Marshals have served with
honor for almost 230 years. They perform whatever challenging task the
job requires — whether securing a federal courthouse, tracking a
dangerous fugitive or protecting an important witness. They keep America
safe by arresting fugitives, transporting prisoners, protecting judges
and Department of Justice employees, contributing to efficient court
operations, forfeiting crime proceeds and supporting other law
enforcement agencies. Today U.S. Marshals are one of the most effective
and professional law enforcement agencies in the world,” said
“I am very honored to serve this department and join
this agency as we continue to serve and protect our nation’s citizens as
we have done for 230 years,” said Washington. “What the Marshals do is
vitally important to our nation’s citizens. It is incredibly inspiring
to be part of a team that dedicates itself in full, complete and total
service to others and to the pursuit of justice.”
Donald Trump nominated Washington Oct. 2, 2018, to lead the U.S.
Marshals. The U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination March 14.
1977 West Point graduate, Washington served in the U.S. Army and U.S.
Army Reserve until 1987. In 1989, he received his Juris Doctor from
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas. After law school, Washington
began his legal career as an attorney at Conoco Inc.
President George W. Bush appointed him U.S. Attorney for Western
Louisiana, a 42‑parish federal jurisdiction that includes Lafayette,
Shreveport, Alexandria, Monroe and Lake Charles. Washington served on
several U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committees, as well as
subcommittees on Civil Rights, Controlled Substances, and Native
American Issues. Washington also served as the Chairman of the
Southeastern U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 2010,
he returned to private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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