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Deputy Attorney General recognizes district employees

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia
Fawn Thomas Director's Award
L-R: EOUSA Director James Crowell, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, NDWV Administrative Officer Fawn Thomas, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell
Ashley Lough Director's Award
L-R: EOUSA Director James Crowell, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, NDWV Reentry Coordinator Ashley Lough, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell
Tracie Weaver Director's Award
L-R: EOUSA Director James Crowell, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, NDWV Litigation Support Specialist Tracie Weaver, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell

WASHINGTON – Administrative Officer Fawn Thomas, Reentry Coordinator Ashley Lough, and Litigation Support Specialist Tracie Weaver of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia were three of 172 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell, IV at the 35th Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington D.C.

The Northern District of West Virginia was one of 31 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In his prepared remarks, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen addressed the recipients and guests, saying, “Today’s honorees have earned the esteem of their colleagues.  But most importantly, you have earned the gratitude of your fellow citizens — whose communities you have made safer, whose lives you have improved, and whose trust you have rewarded.” 

In his remarks, EOUSA Director James Crowell told the recipients, “The Department of Justice is in truth a deployed force.  Your work isn’t easy, but it is vital to the functioning and enduring nature of our democracy.  As federal prosecutors, we are held to a higher standard, a standard that requires us to ensure that we uphold the rule of law and the fundamental rules of fairness in every trial, every settlement, every plea, and every legal argument in which we are involved.”

Fawn Thomas, Administrative Officer, is being honored for Superior Performance in Administration. Fawn has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 31 years, serving in several positions prior to becoming the Administrative Officer in 2012. Fawn has been described as a “force of nature”.  Her dedication to the District and its staff is unmatched.  She travels thousands of miles every year across the District trying to assure all ongoing needs are being met, and does so with a warm and generous spirit.  Her work ethic is well-known to all who know her and she exemplifies the District’s motto of “One District, One Mission.” Fawn’ endless hours of dedication greatly justifies the recognition she has now received. 

For Superior Performance in Prevention and Reentry Activities, the Executive Office has recognized Reentry Coordinator Ashley Lough.  Ashley has been the District’s Reentry Coordinator since 2017, and also serves at the Executive Assistant to the U.S. Attorney. Ashley has worked tirelessly to implement the district’s reentry simulation in all of the District’s federal correctional facilities, as well as several within the West Virginia’s Division of Corrections’ prisons. She has put the District on a national stage as the standard in reentry efforts with this simulation. She also assists with job fairs within our federal prisons, as well as trained those in other Districts across the country on reentry efforts. Her dedication to reentry and the success of those exiting prison is unmatched. Ashley has worked with the District for four years, and with the federal government for 12 years.

Tracie Weaver, Litigation Support Specialist, is being honored for Superior Performance in Litigative Support Role. Tracie was the first Litigation Support Specialist in the District, and has worked tirelessly to master the tools necessary for exemplary work in her position. Tracie has assisted in helped to establish four fully-trained Litigation Support Specialists now in the District. She offers vital assistance and knowledge to the other specialists, to the Assistant U.S. Attorneys in the District, serving as an important part of the criminal prosecution team, and to others on a national level. Tracie has worked for the District for more than 20 years.

“It is my great privilege to work daily with each of these extraordinary women. It is unheard of that a district our size has three award recipients.  Our districts’ honorees are great representatives of the dedication our staff has to our mission.  Our district couldn’t be prouder,” said United States Attorney Bill Powell, Northern District of West Virginia.

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit


Updated June 21, 2019

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