THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) ______________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release September 2, 1997
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES HIRAM ARTHUR CONTRERAS AS UNITED STATES MARSHAL FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Hiram Arthur Contreras to serve as United States Marshal for the Southern District of Texas.
Mr. Hiram Arthur Contreras, of Houston, Texas, is currently an Assistant Chief of the Houston Police Department, where he directs the Houston Police Department's Special Investigations Command. His duties include administering the Criminal Intelligence, Narcotics, and Vice Divisions, as well as the Employee Representative Council. Mr. Contreras previously managed the Professional Development Command, which included Civilian Employment, Personnel, Psychological Services, Recruiting, and Training Divisions. He has been with the Houston Police Department since 1961, and has helped to develop and coordinate several programs within the force, including the Community Service Unit, the Neighborhood Response Team, and the Victim Services program.
Mr. Contreras served on the board of directors for the American Leadership Forum in 1995, and is currently an active member of the Houston Hispanic Forum, the International Association Chiefs of Police, the March of Dimes, and the National Institute of Justice. He currently serves on the board of directors for the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and the YMCA of Greater Houston. Mr. Contreras received a B.A. degree from Houston International University in 1990.
The United States Marshal Service is responsible for providing support and protection for the Federal Courts, apprehending Federal fugitives, operating the Federal Witness Security program, maintaining custody of and transporting Federal prisoners, and responding to emergency crisis situations.