WASHINGTON - Stacia A. Hylton was sworn-in as the 10th director of the U.S. Marshals Service today in a ceremony officiated by Senior Judge Claude M. Hilton at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. Hylton is the first woman to hold the position.
“The Marshals Service has a rich and proud history and it is an honor to return to the agency and lead the men and women of this great organization,” said Hylton. “Like many law enforcement agencies, we face significant challenges, but I am confident the agency will continue to excel in the execution of our missions and work with our fellow law enforcement partners in securing our country.”
Hylton served in federal law enforcement within the Department of Justice for 29 years, including service as the federal detention trustee from 2004 to
2010. She had a lengthy career within the U.S. Marshals Service from 1980 to 2004, serving as acting deputy director, assistant director for prisoner operations, chief deputy in the District of South Carolina, chief of judicial security programs, witness security inspector, U.S. Marshals Academy instructor and as a member of the agency’s special operations group. Hylton is a recipient of the Attorney General’s Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding contributions to the department's mission and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service. She attended Northeastern University on a full athletic scholarship and earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Hylton began consulting work following federal retirement with Hylton Kirk & Associates, a Virginia-based company she established, before being nominated by President Obama to replace John F. Clark, who had served as U.S. Marshals Service director since 2006.