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Duane (DAK) Kees Takes Office As United States Attorney For The Western District Of Arkansas

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

FORT SMITH - Duane (DAK) Kees has taken the oath of office to become the United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Mr. Kees was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 28, 2017, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2017. He took the oath of office today at 4 p.m. from United States District Court Chief Judge P.K. Holmes, III and began work immediately after the ceremony.


U.S. Attorney Kees stated, “I am honored and excited to begin serving the people of Arkansas as U.S. Attorney for the Western District. I am grateful to Senators Boozman and Cotton for their support. I look forward to working with law enforcement to ensure the safety of the citizens of Arkansas.” 


As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kees is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Arkansas, which includes six divisions and 34 counties within Arkansas, with its primary office in Fort Smith. He oversees a staff of 41 employees, including 21 attorneys and 20 non-attorney support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.


Born in Little Rock, Mr. Kees is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas School of Law. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001 and rose to the rank of Captain while earning numerous awards and decorations.


During his military career, Mr. Kees served as a legal assistance attorney, trial counsel, brigade judge advocate and senior defense attorney. Mr. Kees is currently serving with the Arkansas National Guard at Camp Robinson in Little Rock and hold the rank of Major.


Mr. Kees succeeds Kenneth Elser, who had served as acting U.S. Attorney

since Conner Eldridge’s resignation on August 21, 2015.

Updated January 5, 2018

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