Steven C. Yarbrough became Acting United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico on August 9, 2013, after Kenneth J. Gonzales stepped down as the top federal law enforcement officer in New Mexico. Mr. Yarbrough previously had served as First Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico since January 2008.
Mr. Yarbrough has been an Assistant United States Attorney since May 1997. He began his career as a federal prosecutor at the Las Cruces Branch Office of the United States Attorney’s Office for District of New Mexico, where he primarily prosecuted immigration and drug cases. From May 1998 to June 2000, Mr. Yarbrough was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona. Mr. Yarbrough returned to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico in June 2000, and has been stationed in the Albuquerque office since that time. After returning to the District of New Mexico and until he became First Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Yarbrough prosecuted a broad range of cases including racketeering, murder, economic and environmental crime, and public corruption.
Mr. Yarbrough served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce D. Black, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Mexico, from January 1995 to March 1997. He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of New Mexico School of Law.