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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Harrison County Assistant Prosecutor Appointed As Special Assistant U.S. Attorney


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Shawn Adkins, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Harrison County, has been appointed to the position of Special Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II and Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph F. Shaffer announced today.

“We are thrilled to have Shawn Adkins designated as a federal prosecutor,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “He will primarily handle cases arising out of Harrison County, with an emphasis on drug trafficking and violent crimes. We are confident that he will leverage his significant criminal prosecution experience to strategically address crime and promote safety in Harrison County. This opportunity to collaborate with the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is just one example of innovative efforts to coordinate and strengthen local and federal law enforcement efforts.”

Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Shaffer is “very excited for the opportunity to forge an even better working relationship between the Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia. The dual role of Shawn Adkins as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Harrison County and Special Assistant United States Attorney will serve as a working bridge between our agencies. The entire state and federal law enforcement community will benefit from our two agencies taking the lead in cooperating, on an even greater level, in the fight against crime in the area. Given the current climate of the illicit drug market in our area, it is more important than ever that state and federal law enforcement, on every level, work together for the betterment of public safety and in the best interest of justice. Mr. Adkins will represent our constituents professionally and capably. I am grateful to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II for this opportunity.”

Adkins graduated from Marshall University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011.


Updated January 7, 2015