The Senate confirmed Stacia Hylton on Wednesday as the next head of the U.S. Marshals Service by unanimous consent.
President Barack Obama nominated to Hylton for the post on Sept. 20. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed her by voice vote on Dec. 1.
Hylton had faced criticism from prison and human rights watchdog organizations that claimed her work earlier this year as a consultant in the prison industry would present a conflict of interest if she became the U.S. Marshals Service Director. The GEO Group Inc., which contracted with her Virginia-based firm, Hylton Kirk & Associates, paid her $112,500 in consulting fees.
She said at her November nomination hearing that her past work would not pose a conflict of interest. The White House said she wouldn’t need a waiver from the President’s ethics rules, which prohibit appointees for two years from handling issues with recent clients.
Hylton previously worked for the U.S. Marshals Service from 1980 to 2004. She held various leadership posts in the U.S. Marshals Service, including acting Deputy Director. Hylton also served as the Federal Detention Trustee from 2004 to 2010. Read more about Hylton here.
She will replace John Clark, whom President George W. Bush appointed in 2006.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement, “I am pleased that Stacia Hylton will return to the U.S. Marshals Service to build upon 29 years of distinguished service at the department.”