THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES INTENT TO NOMINATE FOUR U. S. MARSHALS AND TWO U. S. ATTORNEYS
President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate four U. S. Marshals. He intends to nominate Eisenhower Durr as the U. S. Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi, and Walter D. Sokolowski as the U. S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; Norris Batiste, Jr., as the U. S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas; and John David Crews, Jr. as the U. S. Marshal for the Northern District of Mississippi. The President also today announced his intention to nominate John Michael Bradford as the U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas and Thomas Joseph Maroney as the U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York.
Eisenhower Durr, U. S. Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi: Mr. Durr has been Chief Deputy U. S. Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi from 1988 until the present. In this capacity, he has been responsible for program management for twenty employees. He manages all prisoner transportation and custody activities as well as high threat trials, complex seizure operations, process serving, major fugitive apprehensions, investigations and other administrative support activities.
Prior to this experience, Mr. Durr was Supervisory Deputy U. S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1986 until 1988. From 1983 to 1986, he was an Instructor at the U. S. Marshal's service Training Academy in Glynco, GA. Mr. Durr received a B. A. degree from Jackson State University.
Walter D. Sokolowski, U. S. Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania: Mr. Sokolowski has been Warden of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since 1990. His responsibilities there included oversight of the Facility Plant, assisting the Luzerne County Juvenile Detention Center with emergencies, supervision of all staff, and responsibility for all criminal investigations and arrests inside the facility.
Prior to this experience, Mr. Sokolowski was a Deputy Warden at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility from 1984 to 1990 when he was responsible for the security, operations and treatment aspects of the facility. Also, Mr. Sokolowski was elected City Controller of Nanticoke City, PA, for a term of four years between 1982 and 1986 when he was responsible for the financial structure of the City.
Norris Batiste, Jr., U. S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas: Mr. Batiste has demonstrated his leadership, organizational, and managerial skills through his 16 years of experience with Exxon Gas System, Inc. In this position he was responsible for coordinating maintenance and the daily operation of 200 miles of various sized pipeline. His duties also included maintaining and managing an office, preparing work plans, and coordinating the company's safety and environmental efforts. Mr. Batiste has also filled a variety of community leadership roles including serving as Chairman of the Political Action Committee for the Golden Triangle Coalition of Black Democrats, being a member of the L. L. Melton YMCA Board of Directors, and serving as President of the Parent Teacher Organization at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School.
John David Crews, Jr., U. S. Marshal for the Northern District of Mississippi: Mr. Crews is the President of Quest Communications. Other positions Mr. Crews has held include Consultant to the Foundation for the Mid South; association with the Mississippi Department of Economic Development; Producer of Mississippi News Tonight; Executive Director of CREATE, Inc.; and Press Secretary for Governor William Winter.
Mr. Crews graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of the South with a B. A. in 1976. He has been active with several organizations including the Mississippi State Board of Education, the Mississippi Children's Cancer Clinic, and the Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity.
John Michael Bradford, U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas: Mr. Bradford has been a State District Judge in Texas since 1989. In this capacity he has presided over a civil district court with a docket of approximately 1000 to 1200 civil cases involving toxic tort, products liability, medical malpractice, and commercial litigation among other civil matters. In 1991, he was elected by the eight district judges of Jefferson County as Local Administrative Judge, responsible for docket control, case assignments, budgets, personnel and requests for visiting judges. Prior to this experience, he was U. S. Magistrate for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, from 1987 to 1989, when he worked at various times with seven of the eight U. S. District Judges in the Eastern District of Texas handling pretrial discovery disputes, case management, jury selection, and various pretrial hearings in criminal cases.
From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Bradford was Executive Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, where he prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal cases, including primarily white collar crime and drugs. Mr. Bradford received a Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, in 1975 from the University of North Texas and a J. D. in 1978 from the University of Texas Law School.
Thomas Joseph Maroney, U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York: Mr. Maroney is currently a law professor at Syracuse University Law School. He previously served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Syracuse Regional Office, New York State Department of Law.
Mr. Maroney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 1960 and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary. In 1963 he also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University Law school where he was an associate editor of the Syracuse Law Review as well as a Brady Scholar.