The U.S. Marshal in Montgomery is moving on. Since the job is a political appointment, Jesse Seroyer knew his job wasn't permanent. Now, he looks back at some memorable moments overseeing security at the federal courthouse downtown and looks at his future.
Seroyer, in his spacious federal courthouse office, picks up a frame on a table. "This is a picture of myself and President Bush." It was former President George Bush who appointed Jesse Seroyer the U.S. Marshal for this district, but it was Senator Jeff Sessions who recommended him. Seroyer once worked with Sessions. "When I worked in the Attorney General's office I was Deputy Chief investigator and worked public corruption cases, white collar crime cases and general cases." That explains his relationship with Sessions. "So, Senator Sessions knew you well? Absolutely. He and I are long, life friends," he said.
Seroyer made the jump to the Attorney General's office from humble beginnings. "My career started in 1976 - Opelika Police Department." But, during his eight years as the U. S. Marshal, one of his responsibilities was court house security during some of this area's high profile cases - like the Ten Commandments lawsuit, and the Leon Carmichael drug case and the convictions of former Governor Don Siegelman and former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy. Although he would not talk about the cases themselves, he did explain how he made it through them. "During the high profile cases, you approach it with a plan. You have a plan in place before these cases start."
His experiences are wide and varied in his 34 year law enforcement career and he has a collection to prove it "I kind of collect these coins from various districts throughout the United States and various different agencies: the Secret Service, the FBI, Customs. And, you've worked at all those agencies? I have worked with those agencies."
And, it's some of those agencies he works with now on a task force to capture federal fugitives. "So, how many federal fugitives have you captured as a result of that task force. We've done thousands. Thousands? Absolutely."
Now that it's time to move on to the next phase of his life, he thinks he wants to try a different career but he's not sure what that will be. "Now that you've started thinking about it, what first pops in your head when you think - I would like to do that or I might like to try the other? Seroyer was quick with a response. "I'd like to try fly fishing (laugh)."
President Obama has nominated Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor to succeed Seroyer. And, as for advice he would give Baylor, Seroyer says he probably doesn't need any but if he's asked he'd tell him "Just to rely on the people in the Marshal's Service and respect what they have to say regarding the job."