Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report
President Donald Trump announced his intention Thursday to nominate former Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau as the 33rd U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Pamerleau would be the first woman to hold the position since the district formed in 1857. She served as Bexar County's first female sheriff until she lost her re-election bid in 2016 to Javier Salazar.
"I've been in a position to do a lot of firsts in my life, but I think the important thing to focus on is about getting the job done," Pamerleau told the Rivard Report Thursday afternoon. "It's about who’s the individual that can best do that job. The fact that I'm a woman is just that, it's a fact. It doesn't color how I do my job."
The nation's 94 U.S. Marshals serve under the U.S. Department of Justice, one for each of the nation's federal judicial districts. Marshals are tasked with providing security for the U.S. Federal Courthouses, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling criminal assets, housing and transporting federal prisoners, and operating the Witness Security Program.
In addition to serving as Bexar County Sheriff, Pamerleau also spent 32 years in the Air Force, rising to the rank of major general. She retired in 2000 as the Director of Personnel Force Management at Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon.
She also served as Vice President and Senior Vice President of USAA in San Antonio between 2001 and 2007. She won the Bexar County Sheriff's election in 2012.
Pamerleau said the nomination will first be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which decides whether or not to bring the nomination before the full Senate for a vote. If confirmed, she will replace acting Marshal David T. Sligh, who has held the post since May 2016 following the resignation under pressure of Robert Almonte.
The Western District of Texas includes Austin, Alpine, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, and Waco.
"I'm very honored by this pending nomination, and so appreciative to Senator [John] Cornyn (R-Texas) [and U.S.] Senator [Ted] Cruz (R-Texas) who had the confidence in me to suggest my name," Pamerleau said.