Trump Picks Former Bexar County Sheriff Pamerleau as U.S. Marshal

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Former Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau smiles before the meeting.

Bonnie Arbittier / Rivard Report

Former Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau (center) is nominated by President Donald Trump as the 33rd U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas.

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.

3 thoughts on “Trump Picks Former Bexar County Sheriff Pamerleau as U.S. Marshal

  1. I ran into Susan Pamerlau at the Bexar County Elections Department office during the 2018 primary election. We were both there to turn in our campaign finance contributions and expenditures reports. This was shortly after the nearby Sutherland Springs Church shooting. I was surprised to see Pamerleau wearing a t-shirt with the image of an AR-15 assault rifle and the words “Come and take it.” on it.

  2. Parmeleau is an excellent choice… A woman…General Sheriff and Marshall all in one
    ……good move for President Trump

  3. congratulations to Pamerlau, an excellent choice and brave to be willing to serve the people of the U.S.A. in this capacity

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