Christopher P. Canova was appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida on an interim basis in April 2016 and previously became Acting United States Attorney in September 2015. In this role, Mr. Canova is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the 23 counties in northern Florida, including the state capital, Tallahassee.
Mr. Canova has devoted his career to public service and criminal prosecution in Florida. He joined the Department of Justice in 2001 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida and has prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including violent crimes, drug crimes, white collar crimes, and health care fraud. Mr. Canova has held various management positions in the office, including First Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division.
In addition to his work at the United States Attorney’s Office, he also has experience as an Assistant State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida and an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor for the Central Florida Bureau in Orlando.
Mr. Canova graduated from the Florida State University College of Law (1988) and completed a double major in Political Science and Criminology at Florida State University (1985).