Senate approves U.S. marshal for Southern District

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 7:29 PM
Last updated 7:32 PM
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The U.S. Senate has approved the nomination of Stephen James Smith to be U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Georgia.

President Barack Obama nominated Smith in September.

Smith is a 28-year veteran of the Savannah Police Department.

During his tenure with the Savannah department, he rose to the rank of captain. He served as commander of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team from 1996 to 2002.

Smith received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1995.

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