Former Sacto. police chief made federal marshal |

Former Sacto. police chief made federal marshal

Washington, D.C. – A former Sacramento police chief, Albert Najera, has been confirmed as United States Marshal for the Eastern District of California.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., nominated Najera to the position, and she and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., both voted for him in lthe confirmation hearing late Wednesday.

“The Eastern District will be well served by Chief Najera, who is a smart, experienced law enforcement official,” Boxer said.

Between 2003 and 2008, Najera served as the Sacramento police chief, overseeing a staff of 1,200 and a budget of about $130 million. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Justice selected Najera to assist local law enforcement reorganization efforts in New Orleans.

Najera also oversaw security for the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at California State University, Sacramento.

Najera is a certified SWAT tactical officer and commander who has studied at the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and at the Bramshill Police College in London. He graduated from California State University Sacramento and earned his Master’s degree in management at Cal Poly Pomona.

U.S. Marshals work within the Justice Department as the law enforcement arm of the federal court system. They protect judges, attorneys, witnesses and jurors; secure courthouses; safeguard witnesses; transport prisoners; and execute court orders and civil and criminal processes.

The Eastern District of California stretches from the Oregon border in the north to the Tehachapi Mountains in the south and from the Coastal Range in the west to the Nevada border in the east. It has courthouses in Sacramento, Fresno, Yosemite, Redding, South Lake Tahoe and Bakersfield.

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