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Trump nominates WV State Police trooper for US marshal

By Staff reports
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Michael Baylous at a 2014 press conference. Baylous, a first lieutenant with the West Virginia State Police, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be U.S. marshal for the state’s Southern District.

President Donald Trump has nominated a West Virginia State Police trooper to serve as U.S. marshal for the state’s Southern District.

The president nominated 1st Lt. Michael Baylous, who now serves as a spokesman for the State Police, according to a Monday news release from the White House.

The U.S. Senate must still approve Baylous’ nomination, and Baylous declined comment until the process is complete.

Baylous joined the department in 1994, according to the release. He previously served the Marine Corps Forces Reserves in Cross Lanes for about eight years.

He holds three academic degrees: a Master of Arts degree in government and public administration, a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and an associate degree in political science.

U.S. marshals protect federal judges, apprehend fugitives, transport prisoners and protect witnesses, according to the release.

There are 94 U.S. marshals to protect each of the nation’s federal court districts, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. They are assisted by thousands of deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators.

U.S. marshals serve a four-year term, and presidents usually choose a nomination based on the advice of senators from the same political party, according to the report.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., recommended Baylous to Trump earlier this year, according to a statement released by her office on Tuesday afternoon.

“He has a long record of serving and protecting the people of West Virginia and a strong commitment to maintaining rule of law and public safety in our state,” she said in the statement.

John Foster currently serves as U.S. marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia. He, too, worked as a trooper for the State Police.

In 2016, the federal agency arrested more than 88,000 fugitives, according to an annual report.

“The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency,” the website states.

Reach Giuseppe Sabella at giuseppe.sabella@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @Gsabella on Twitter.

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