MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Bill Powell took his formal oath of office as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Friday at a ceremony at the Broadwater Federal Building in downtown Martinsburg.
Powell, who was hired by Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Harvey earlier this year, was sworn in before Chief Judge Gina Groh in front of a packed courtroom with family members and colleagues in attendance.
Students from Burke Street Elementary School led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the proceeding.
Senior District Judge of the Northern District of West Virginia, Frederick Stamp Jr., read the Presidential Commission at the ceremony from President Donald Trump. Powell was nominated to President Trump for the position Aug. 3 by U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
Capito was not in attendance but a video message from her stated that she was “proud to nominate Powell,” and that she “knows that he’s up to the task.” A number of local judges and lawmakers from the Federal Judiciary made statements on behalf of Powell following him getting sworn in.
Bridget Cohee, a judge in the West Virginia Judicial District 23, said she knows Powell will “serve with honor.”
After the ceremony, Powell said he was greatly appreciative of the kind words that were said.
“It’s beyond words. It’s a little overwhelming, I think,” Powell said. “But it’s great, great experience. One of the greatest in my life.”
Powell added that receiving the nomination from Senator Capito was the “pinnacle” of his career. Powell has been serving in his new position for about a month and a half now. He said it helps to be working with a “pretty great” team.