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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

Monday, November 25, 2013

Two Experienced U.S. Attorney’s Office Employees To Retire

Montgomery, Alabama - Kent Brunson, an Assistant United States Attorney since 1978 and Bertha Moore, a legal assistant since 1979 are retiring from the U.S. Attorney’s Office this week. Brunson and Moore have been with the Department of Justice for a combined total of nearly 70 years.

Kent Brunson began his career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1978. Brunson spent ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before being promoted to the Deputy Criminal Chief in 1988 where he served until 1990. In 1990, Brunson returned to prosecuting cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney until 2011 when U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr. requested Brunson serve as Beck’s Senior Litigation Counsel. Brunson served in such capacity until this year when U.S. Attorney Beck called on Brunson to be his First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Brunson has served as the First Assistant until his retirement.

Bertha Moore began her career in 1979 as a legal clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She served as such until 1984 when she became a legal technician. In 1987, Moore was again promoted to the position of paralegal assistant and in 1995 Moore became a paralegal specialist. In 2005, Leura Canary, who was U.S. Attorney at the time, chose Moore to be her executive assistant. When George Beck was appointed U.S. Attorney in 2010, Mr. Beck asked Moore to continue in the executive assistant position. Mrs. Moore agreed and she remained the executive assistant to the U.S. Attorney until her retirement.

Both Mr. Brunson and Mrs. Moore have served under five U.S. Attorneys and received numerous awards from the Department of Justice. Their institutional knowledge and experience can never be replaced. Not only has the U.S. Attorney’s Office lost two crucial employees, but due to Sequestration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office cannot hire replacements.

“It has been an honor to serve the Middle District of Alabama as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for so many years,” stated Kent Brunson. “This career has been very fulfilling, but I am looking forward to opening another chapter in my life full of hunting and fishing.”

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve my Government and the people of this district for so long,” stated Bertha Moore. “This office has provided me with an extended family that I will always cherish and fond memories to take home with me, but it is time that I begin the next phase of my life.”

“Kent Brunson has been a close friend of mine for nearly 40 years,” stated George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. “I hate to see him leave this office both from a personal and professional standpoint. Kent has been an asset to this office and has personally helped me throughout my tenure as the U.S. Attorney. His absence will leave a large void in the office. I have only known Bertha for two years, but her help to me and the office is immeasurable. She is professional, efficient and gracious. Her knowledge of and experience in the Department of Justice has enhanced the way this office has run for the last 34 years. She will be missed.”

Mr. Brunson and Mrs. Moore’s will remain at the U.S. Attorney’s Office through the end of November.

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Updated March 12, 2015