POSTED: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 9:32am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 2:39pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — A new U.S. Marshal has been appointed for East Texas.
Robert L. Hobbs of Beaumont, Texas, was appointed as the United States Marshal for East Texas, according to the U.S. Senate.
Hobbs is the 32nd Marshal to be presidentially appointed.
Marshal Hobbs was appointed by President Obama on February 18th and officially sworn into his new position on March 12th, during his visit to the United States Marshals Service Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Hobbs started his law enforcement career in 1977 working for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office as a Criminal Investigator. He also worked for the Jefferson County District Attorney"s Office.
In 1996, he graduated from law school, and from 1996 to 1999 he served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Jefferson County DA's Office before joining the United States Attorney's Office in 1999.
Marshal Hobbs worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office for 15 years and was serving as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and the Attorney in Charge of the Beaumont and Lufkin Divisions when he was appointed by President Obama as the U.S. Marshal.
The USMS is the nation's oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. U.S. Marshals have served our country since 1789 as the enforcement arm of the federal courts.
The USMS has about 3,850 Deputy U.S. Marshals, but there are only 94 U.S. Marshals across the country, one for each federal judicial district.
The duties of the USMS include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program.
In East Texas, the USMS has offices in Beaumont, Tyler, Marshall, Texarkana, Sherman and Plano.
Hobbs will relocate to Tyler to return to his law enforcement roots and continue his public service career as the United States Marshal for East Texas.