Stacia Hylton on Friday was sworn in as the first woman to serve as U.S. Marshals Service Director.
Hylton, whom the Senate confirmed on Dec. 22, previously ran the Virginia-based firm Hylton Kirk & Associates, which did consulting in the prison industry. She faced criticism from prison and human rights watchdog organizations that claimed her work as a consultant would present a conflict of interest if she became the U.S. Marshals Service Director. Hylton said at her November nomination hearing that her past work would not pose a conflict of interest.
The Director also worked in the U.S. Marshals Service from 1980 to 2004. Hylton held various leadership posts in the U.S. Marshals Service, including acting Deputy Director. She then served as the Federal Detention Trustee from 2004 to 2010.
Hylton replaced John Clark, whom President George W. Bush appointed in 2006. She is the 10th Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, which is a branch of the Justice Department.
“The Marshals Service has a rich and proud history and it is an honor to return to the agency and lead the men and women of this great organization,” Hylton said in a statement. “Like many law enforcement agencies, we face significant challenges, but I am confident the agency will continue to excel in the execution of our missions and work with our fellow law enforcement partners in securing our country.”