WASHINGTON, D.C - The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Montgomery Chief of Police Art Baylor to be a U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama.
Mr. Baylor recieved word of the news while vacationing with his family. Montgomery Police Department spokesman Major Huey Thornton said Baylor is honored and that it's a bittersweet moment for him.
Baylor says he's leaving behind many great friends, but he's looking forward to the great opportunity the new position will afford him.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Department of Justice nominations, made the following comments:
"As a 27-year veteran of the Montgomery Police Department, Chief Baylor has served the city of Montgomery and its surrounding communities with honor and distinction. He is highly regarded in Montgomery, is a leader in the African-American community, and was strongly recommended for this distinguished position. In addition to his time on the police force, Chief Baylor served as Judicial Security Coordinator for the Unified Judicial System for the State of Alabama for six years, a post which gave him unique experience that will serve him well as a U.S. Marshal.
"The Middle District will benefit from Chief Baylor's professionalism and integrity. I want to thank President Obama for making this excellent nomination and my Senate colleagues for unanimously confirming Chief Baylor.
"Chief Baylor will fill the vacancy left by Jesse Seroyer, Jr., who admirably served in Alabama's law enforcement community for more than 25 years before being appointed to U.S. Marshal, a post he held for eight years. I congratulate him on a fantastic career, and thank him for all he has done for law enforcement in our state."
The Middle District is made up of 23 counties in Alabama and includes the city of Montgomery.
Baylor has served as Chief of Police since 2004.