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U.S. Marshal nomination for ND district passes hurdle

FARGO — Dallas Carlson's nomination to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the District of North Dakota was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Sept. 13. Carlson's nomination now moves to the full Senate for a vote. President Donald Trump announced the nomination in March.

Carlson has served as director of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI) since 2011.

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven on Thursday released statements regarding the approval.

"I worked with Dallas during my time as attorney general for North Dakota, when he was first starting out on the front lines of fighting crime at BCI," Heitkamp stated in a press release. "He has the integrity, ethics and tenacity that are needed to enforce the law and hold criminals accountable, which is why I strongly advocated for his nomination to the U.S. Marshal post earlier this year."

Hoeven echoed the sentiment.

"Dallas Carlson has the right experience and background to serve as U.S. Marshal for North Dakota and we appreciate the Senate Judiciary Committee advancing his nomination to the full Senate," Hoeven stated in a press release. "As the head of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and with more than 35 years working in various aspects of law enforcement, Dallas is the right person to serve as U.S. Marshal."

Carlson began his 29-year career at NDBCI as a special agent before being promoted to chief agent and finally director of NDBCI. Prior to that, he worked for the Devils Lake and Mandan police departments and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. Carlson has a bachelor's degree from Dickinson State University and has trained at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy, as well as the FBI National Academy. He is a native of Warwick, N.D.

Duties of the U.S. Marshal include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing seized assets, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program.