By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A formal, public swearing-in of north Mississippi’s U.S. attorney appears to be waiting on Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder’s office did not respond to a Daily Journal call Thursday about the invitation.
If he accepts, he’ll come to an event celebrating the more-than-year-old appointment of the state’s first female U.S. attorney, Felicia Adams.
Mississippi has two U.S. attorneys, one in the north, based in Oxford, and one in the south, based in Jackson.
They are the federal government’s chief lawyers in their regions and generally manage a staff of attorneys who oversee criminal and civil cases for the government.
Nominated by the president, they must win confirmation by the full U.S. Senate.
More than a year ago, 52-year-old Adams won President Obama’s nomination, then was confirmed June 30.
Her nomination won the praise of both Mississippi senators, Republicans Thad Cochran of Oxford and Roger Wicker of Tupelo.
She took her oath of office July 22 in a private ceremony.
Today, with less than eight months to go before the next presidential election, she’s reportedly refrained from setting a formal, public swearing-in event while awaiting an invitation response from her boss, Holder.
Adams is not the state’s first African-American to hold the post, preceded by the Clinton administration’s nomination of Buck Buchanan of Oxford.
If and when Adams’ event takes place, it could do so in the shadow of job uncertainty.
The U.S. attorney post is one of thousands whose holders usually change when a new president takes office.
Republican Jim Greenlee, Adams’ predecessor, was a President George W. Bush appointee and retired in 2010. He’s in private law practice.
In the Southern District, career attorney John Dowdy is holding an interim appointment while there’s been no action on Gregory K. Davis’ nomination.
Davis, whom President Obama nominated June 30, 2011, was expected to be voted on Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee but it didn’t happen.