Readout of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Visit to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine
PORTLAND, Maine: Kevin Neal was sworn in March 16, 2023 as the Acting U.S. Marshal for the District of Maine. Chief U.S. District Judge Jon D. Levy administered the oath of office.
Neal was designated Acting U.S. Marshal (USM) for the District of Maine by order of United States Attorney General Merrick Garland on March 10, 2023. He had been serving in that role since January 30, 2022 at the direction of U.S. Marshals Service Director Ronald L. Davis.
The history of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) in Maine dates to 1789, more than 30 years before Maine became the 23rd state. It is the nation’s oldest law enforcement agency. The duties of the U.S. Marshals Service include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners, and operating the Witness Security Program.
Acting USM Neal has been with the USMS for more than 20 years, serving in the Districts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, most recently serving as the Chief Deputy United States Marshal in Maine. He joined the District of Maine from the District of Massachusetts where he earned the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his management of the Boston Marathon Bombing trial. His work on the case was also recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with an Investigative Achievement Award. He also earned a second Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work during the prosecution and trial of the largest MS-13 case in the nation.
Acting USM Neal serves on the USMS District Chief’s Advisory Board and is responsible for addressing USMS-wide issues and developing national priorities while providing counsel and recommendations to the Director and executive staff on these topics. He is a member of the USMS National Incident Management Team and is actively involved in the DOJ mentoring program and recruitment efforts.
"For the last 13 months, during an incredibly difficult time, Acting U.S. Marshal Neal has been a collaborative and responsive partner to my office and our local, state, and federal law enforcement community,” U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee said. “His designation to this role by the Attorney General is wonderful news for the entire District of Maine.”
Jana Spaulding, Public Information Officer Contract (207-771-3232)