New federal prosecutor prepared for post

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Eastern Panhandle attorney Bill Powell began his first full week Monday at the new U.S. Attorney for West Virginia’s Northern District.

In an interview with MetroNews affiliate WEPM Radio in Martinsburg, Powell said he was “honored and humbled” for the opportunity and ready to get to work.

Bill Powell

“A lot of important work to do,” Powell, who was sworn-in last Friday, said. “I have great attorneys, great staff. I cover a pretty wide area, but really just excited to get started.”

Powell has more than three decades experience practicing law, most recently in the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Powell feels well-prepared for the job, especially given that recent experience.

“My most recent stint in the prosecutor’s office in Jefferson County and my contact with a number of folks in the (Eastern) Panhandle, which has a significant part of the drug issue going on state wide, is going to do nothing but help.”

President Donald Trump nominated Powell on Aug. 3, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Oct. 3.

As a U.S. attorney, Powell is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in West Virginia’s Northern District, which includes offices in Wheeling, Martinsburg, Clarksburg and Elkins.

Trump nominated Charleston attorney Mike Stuart for the federal prosecutor’s job in the Southern District. Stuart has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.

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