MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - President Barack Obama has nominated Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor to a federal position.
Baylor was named one of six new U.S. Marshals Monday. "I am proud to nominate these outstanding public servants to serve as U.S. Marshals," said President Obama. "Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to justice, and I appreciate their continued willingness to serve and protect the American people."
The other five individuals include: Michael R. Bladel of Iowa, Kevin Carr of Wisconsin, Kevin C. Harrison of Louisiana, Darryl K. McPherson of Illinois and Henry L. Whitehorn Sr. of Louisiana.
From 1998-2004, Baylor worked for the Unified Judicial System as a Judicial Security Coordinator where he was the Deputy Marshal. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1990 from Troy State University.
Congressman Bobby Bright (D) issued the following statement after learning of Baylor's nomination:
"I would like to congratulate Art Baylor on his nomination for U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama. Art is a very deserving and qualified candidate and he will serve his state and country extremely well in this new capacity. As Chief of Police, Art has been instrumental in keeping Montgomery safe and managing a department of over 700 employees.
"The United States Marshal Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in America, tracing its origins to the early days of our Republic. They have a long and storied history and have a tremendous responsibility in protecting the federal court system and its officers, protecting witnesses, and apprehending federal fugitives. After he is confirmed, I know Art will honorably carry on this long tradition, ensuring that justice can be carried out through the federal court system.
"Though he will be greatly missed in the Montgomery Police Department, I join with thousands in the Montgomery area to congratulate Chief Baylor and wish him well in his new endeavor."
The six nominees will go to the U.S. Senate for approval.