President Obama Nominates Harrison, Whitehorn for U.S. Marshal Posts in La.

The following is a press release from the office of Senator Landrieu:

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Kevin Harrison to be U.S. Marshal in Louisiana's Middle District and Henry L. Whitehorn Sr. to be U.S. Marshal in the Western District. Sen. Landrieu recommended Harrison for the post in May and Whitehorn for the position in August.

KEVIN HARRISON

Since 2005, Kevin Harrison has served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in New Orleans.  In this capacity, he serves as a liaison between federal, state and local anti-drug efforts. He also commands six supervisors and more than 80 investigative and support personnel, while coordinating and managing the DEA's activities in 51 of Louisiana's parishes.

Prior to his employment with the DEA, Mr. Harrison worked as a trooper for the Louisiana State Police, from 1979 to 1986.  In 1984, he was the Chief Deputy at Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana.  He received his bachelor's degree from Nicholls State University.

"Kevin Harrison has the strong support of local sheriffs, district attorneys and other law enforcement officers in the Middle District," Sen. Landrieu said.  "This support, his record in fighting crime and his steady rise through leadership positions within the DEA since the mid-1980s made him the natural choice to be Marshall in Louisiana's Middle District. In nominating Kevin Harrison, President Obama has chosen someone who is wholly dedicated to making Louisiana neighborhoods and communities safer."

HENRY WHITEHORN

Henry Whitehorn is currently the Chief of Police for the Shreveport Police Department. Chief Whitehorn has served in that position since 2007.  A member of the State Police force from 1978 to 2007, Whitehorn capped his career by being appointed by then-Governor Kathleen Blanco to serve as Louisiana State Police Superintendent.

In the mid-70s, Chief Whitehorn was an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force. Whitehorn later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University – Shreveport and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Grambling State.

"Chief Whitehorn has had an outstanding career in public service in Louisiana, and he is beloved in the Western District. During his 29 years with the Louisiana State Police, Chief Whitehorn excelled as Trooper, Narcotics Trooper, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel and finally Superintendent. Each of these positions allowed Chief Whitehorn to work in communities throughout the Western District, including Bossier City and Alexandria.  I know the citizens of Shreveport will be sad to see him leave as Police Chief, where he has served with such distinction. But his deep knowledge of criminal justice issues makes him the perfect candidate to serve our state and nation as U.S. Marshal for the Western District."