Alexander latest in U.S. attorney chair

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – John Marshall Alexander is new interim U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi.
His appointment by the district’s judges takes effect Tuesday, said Chief Judge Michael P. Mills, who swore him in Wednesday.
Alexander, 54, replaces William Martin, who was appointed twice to fill the slot vacated when Jim Greenlee of Oxford retired earlier this year.
Martin reportedly declined another reappointment.
A Cleveland native, Alexander has been chief of the Oxford-based office’s criminal division since the retirement of John Hailman.
“The court welcomes John into this new position and looks forward to his leadership and service,” Mills said in a news release.
Mississippi’s federal court system has two interim U.S. attorneys, who are the government’s chief lawyers in their respective districts. Don Burkhalter holds that slot in the Southern District, based in Jackson.
A more permanent appointment is in the hands of the Obama administration, but no news has come from the nation’s capital about how this process is progressing.
These appointments require approval by the U.S. Senate and traditionally open up when a new president takes office.
Spokesmen for Mississippi’s Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker said recently their offices have not been contacted by any Obama representatives about a list of potential appointees.
In a news release, Alexander said he is honored with the appointment and will serve until the president selects the new leader for the district.

Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.