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President Obama Nominates Five to Serve as U.S. Marshals

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Loren Carl, Kerry Forestal, Gerald Holt, Clifton Massanelli and Scott Parker to serve as U.S. Marshals.

“These nominees have spent their careers risking their own safety to protect their fellow Americans,” President Obama said.  “Their courage and selfless dedication to the public good are unparalleled, and I am honored to nominate them today to continue their work as U.S. Marshals.”

Loren Carl: Nominee for United States Marshal, Eastern District of Kentucky
Loren “Squirrel” Carl has been the District Coordinator for Representative Ben Chandler since 2004.  He is also a Director of the Woodford County Kentucky Bank Board. Carl was the Chief of Police at the Woodford County, Kentucky, Police Department from December 2003 to April 2004, and a detective with that agency from 1980 to 1985.  From 1996 to 2003, he was the Director of the Financial Integrity Enforcement Division of the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office.  He served as Sheriff of Woodford County from 1986 to 1996 and was a deputy sheriff from 1978 to 1979.  Prior to his law enforcement experience, Carl was a manager with the Kentucky Finance Company from 1973 to 1977.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1971.  Carl received a general business certificate from Kentucky Business College in 1971.

Kerry Forestal: Nominee for United States Marshal, Southern District of Indiana
Kerry Forestal is the Chief Deputy of Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana, where he oversees 1,000 employees.  He joined the Department as a Deputy Sheriff in 1977, served as a Detective in the Narcotics and Vice Section from 1986 to 1991, and worked his way through the ranks to his current position.  Specialized assignments during his law enforcement career include service on the Integrated Threat Analysis Group and involvement with the complex security elements of the Indianapolis 500.  In addition to his extensive professional training, Forestal studied criminal justice and public administration at Ball State University and at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Gerald S. Holt: Nominee for United States Marshal, Western District of Virginia
Gerald Holt is the Sheriff of Roanoke County, Virginia, a position he has held since 1992.  He is also the Chairman of the Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board and is an advisor at the Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy.  Holt previously served 14 years as a deputy sheriff in Roanoke County and was employed by the Walker Machine and Foundry Corporation for 15 years.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in criminal justice and psychology from Radford University in 1995, and an associate’s degree in the administration of justice, cum laude, from Virginia Western Community College in 1989.

Clifton Massanelli: Nominee for United States Marshal, Eastern District of Arkansas
Clifton Massanelli is the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District of Arkansas, a position he has held since 2006.  He has risen through the ranks in the Eastern District since joining the U.S. Marshals Service as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1983.  Previously, Massanelli served the Pine Bluff Police Department as a Patrolman from 1981 to 1982 and as a Detective  from 1982 to 1983.  In addition to his professional law enforcement training, Massanelli is the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1980.

Scott Parker: Nominee for United States Marshal, Eastern District of North Carolina
Scott Parker is the Narcotics Division Commander of the Nash County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office, where he has risen to the rank of Lieutenant since joining in 1995.  From 1989 to 1995, he was an Assistant Commander with the Roanoke Chowan Narcotics Task Force in Hertford County, North Carolina.  Parker served with the Nashville, North Carolina, Police Department from 1987 to 1989.