President Barack Obama nominated Metro police Deputy Chief Louise W. Kelton as U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee on Thursday.
A 31-year veteran with the Metro Nashville Police Department, Kelton rose through the ranks eventually serving as commander of the North Precinct before her appointment to deputy chief in 2008. She has an undergraduate degree from Tennessee State and a master’s from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.
“I am deeply honored to receive President Obama’s nomination for the post of Middle Tennessee’s U.S. Marshal,” Kelton said. “I have devoted my professional career to law enforcement in Nashville and am proud to serve as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department. I now look forward to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation process.”
"These dedicated law enforcement officials have devoted their careers to serving and protecting the American people, distinguishing themselves as the best and brightest at every turn," President Obama said. "I am grateful for their service and honored to nominate them as United States Marshals."
According to the federal General Accounting Office, “the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoints U.S. Marshals for a four-year term.”
If confirmed Kelton, would replace U.S. Marshal Denny King, who has held the post since 2002, when he was appointed by former President George W. Bush.