Ronald W. Sharpe is the United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sharpe is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes and civil cases in which the United States is a party. The United States Attorney also is responsible for the collection of debts owed to the federal government which are administratively uncollectible.
Sharpe was nominated to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands by President Barack Obama on March 9, 2011. He was subsequently confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in on July 6, 2011. Prior to his Presidential appointment, Sharpe served as the court-appointed United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, having been appointed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Curtis V. Gomez on September 7, 2009.
Sharpe joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of the Virgin Islands in November 2008, as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney. From 1995 to 2008, Sharpe served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where he investigated and prosecuted a variety of criminal matters, including narcotics trafficking, firearms offenses, violent crimes and white collar offenses. While in the U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C., he served as a Senior AUSA in both the Homicide and the Fraud and Public Corruption Sections and argued numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Sharpe has also served as a trial advocacy instructor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C., the George Washington University Law School and the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training. Before joining the Department of Justice, Sharpe began his legal career as an associate at the law firm Jones Day in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Sharpe is a graduate of Tulane University and Stanford Law School.