The U.S. Attorney’s office in San Antonio has undergone a major restructuring, with some division chiefs swapping positions and the creation of a “city chief,” according to a report by the San Antonio Express-News.
The overhaul directed by U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman, who was confirmed by the Senate in September 2011, is the first such restructuring in more than a decade, the paper reported.
While some called it a “shake-up,” Pitman cast the changes in a different light.
“A shake-up implies something was broken,” Pitman told the paper. “It’s not because anything was broken. Sometimes you just need some change to reinvigorate [the office].”
The U.S. Attorney reorganized the Criminal Division, consolidating it into two sections: white-collar and major crimes. The National Security Section is now under the white collar unit, and it also deals with fraud, public corruption and tax crimes, the paper reported. Mark Roomberg was promoted to head the white collar unit, and Joey Contreras will now head the major crimes unit.
Bud Paulissen, who previously headed major crimes an white collar, and Greg Surovic, who headed the drug section, returned to positions as line prosecutors.
Richard Durbin was promoted to First Assistant U.S. Attorney from his position as chief of the Criminal Division. Former First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Murphy will become senior litigation counsel, a non-supervisory position that will enable him to mentor other lawyers in the office, the newspaper noted.
Margaret Leachman will be the new Criminal Division chief for the district, taking Durbin’s place. Erica Giese, former Del Rio Division chief, will take on the new role of “chief chief” in San Antonio.
“I am really excited about this,” Pitman told the Express-News. “One of the things I hope comes out of this is people will have a different kind of focus and bring new eyes to the work we do.”