President Joe Biden has chosen a former DeKalb County sheriff and Savannah and Perry police officials to serve as US marshals in Georgia’s three federal court districts.
Before assuming office, each of the candidates named on Thursday must be approved by the United States Senate. The men would be in charge of the US Marshals Service’s activities in their districts, which included court protection, prison transportation, fugitive pursuit, and enforcing federal arrest warrants.
Thomas Brown, who served as the deputy of DeKalb County from 2001 to 2014, would be the marshal for the Northern District, which encompasses 46 counties in and around Atlanta, as well as courts in Rome, Gainesville, and Newnan.
Since resigning as sheriff, Brown has run several businesses, along with a bail bond firm. Brown worked as DeKalb County’s public safety director and fire chief before even being appointed deputy. Brown left his position as sheriff in 2014 to run for Congress, but he was defeated by incumbent Rep. Hank Johnson.
Brown has since worked as a consultant for Wellpath, assisting them in connecting with regional sheriff’s offices in Cobb, Cherokee, and Rockdale, according to a 2020 conversation with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also assisted in the evaluation of the police force for the city of Covington, as well as Stone Mountain.
The marshal for the Southern District of Georgia would’ve been Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter Jr., who has headed the force since 2018. Savannah, Augusta, Brunswick, Dublin, Statesboro, and Waycross are among the 43 counties that make up the state. Minter will stay police chief until he is approved, which could take months, as per Mayor Van Johnson of Savannah. Minter formerly served as the chief of police in Peoria, Arizona, and Denton, Texas. He formerly held positions in Houston and Aurora, Colorado.
He entered the Aurora, Colorado Police Department in 1992 and held several roles during his 15 years there, including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Vice and Narcotics Investigator, Narcotics Unit Sergeant, Training Section Commander, and Operations Support Section Commander, where he oversaw the SWAT team, K-9 Unit, Gang Intervention Unit, and Pattern Crimes Unit.
Chief Minter rose through the ranks of the Aurora Police Department, eventually rising to the position of District Commander. Chief Minter graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in organizational management. Chief Minter is also a student of the Senior Management Institute for Police – Executive Strategic Management Course offered by the Police Executive Research Forum. He is also a certified teacher for the following courses: Terrorist Acts Prevention and Deterrence, Advanced Ethics, and Anti-Biased Policing.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives are among Chief Minter’s professional associations (NOBLE).
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Minter’s nomination came as Savannah experiences an uptick in murders and other violent crimes. According to a study of more than 250 Savannah police officers done last fall, many were unhappy with the dept’s leadership and believed their physical security was not a concern.
The marshal for the Middle District of Georgia would be Perry Police, Chief Steve Lynn. It has courthouses in Macon, Columbus, Athens, Albany, and Valdosta, as well as 70 counties.
Lynn has been Perry’s police chief since 2013. From 2007 through 2013, he worked as a detective for the Houston County District Attorney’s office. From 1981 through 2007, he worked as a police officer and commander with the Warner Robins Police Department.
Only one of the districts has had a US attorney named Biden. In the Northern District, Ryan Buchanan has been certified.
US Attorney Buchanan, as the top federal police official in the Northern District of Georgia, is in charge of investigating and prosecuting all civil and criminal cases brought in the district on behalf of the federal government. He oversees a staff of about 250 attorneys and personnel in enforcing federal criminal law, advocating for crime victims, and representing the interests of the United States in federal court.
As an Assistant US Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama, US Attorney Buchanan entered the Department of Justice in 2010. Since 2013, he has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, where he has worked as the National Security and Anti-Terrorism Council Coordinator and Deputy Chief of the Violent Crime and National Security Section.
Throughout his tenure, US Attorney Buchanan has investigated cases that involve international terrorist organizations and domestic terrorists attempting to obtain weapons of mass destruction. He’s also worked on cases that involve organized crime and extortion, as well as robbery, abduction, carjacking, exploitation of children, and other serious crimes.
US Attorney Buchanan previously worked in private practice at McGuireWoods LLP before entering the Department of Justice. He also worked as a law clerk for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama’s Honorable Inge P. Johnson. Buchanan graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with a J.D. in 2005 and Samford University with a B.S. in 2001.