3/11/2011 — 

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In response to current U.S. Marshal Steven O'Donnell's decision to become Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse today outlined their process for ensuring that there is a talented pool of highly-qualified applicants for the U.S. Marshal vacancy.

"We applaud Steven O'Donnell for his service and wish him well as Superintendent of the State Police.  He has done tremendous work, and we look forward to recommending someone with a strong law enforcement background as his successor," stated Reed and Whitehouse.

All interested applicants should send or drop off a cover letter and resume to Senator Reed's office (1000 Chapel View Boulevard, Suite 290, Cranston, RI 02920) by April 11, 2011.  Applicants should be highly-qualified and experienced law enforcement professionals who will serve the people of Rhode Island with integrity and distinction.

U.S. Marshals play an important and versatile role in the federal justice system, overseeing federal courthouse security, witness protection, the apprehension of federal fugitives, and the transport of federal prisoners. 

It is customary for the President to ask U.S. Senators for recommendations for appointments in their state, although ultimately it is the President's responsibility to nominate a candidate who must then be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.