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U.S. Trustee Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Appoints U.S. Trustee and Acting U.S. Trustees to Cover Six U.S. Trustee Program Regions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed one interim U.S. Trustee and five Acting U.S. Trustees to cover six U.S. Trustee Program (USTP or Program) regions, the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) announced today. The effective date of each appointment correlates with the upcoming retirements of Judy A. Robbins, U.S. Trustee for Regions 4 and 7, and Guy G. Gebhardt, Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 21, and the detail of Gail B. Geiger, Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 18, to a leadership position in the EOUST.

Region 4 – District of Columbia, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia: John P. Fitzgerald III is appointed as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 4 effective Jan. 1, 2018. Mr. Fitzgerald is the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the Boston office of the USTP. Region 4 is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, with additional offices in Baltimore and Greenbelt, Maryland; Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia; and Charleston, West Virginia.

Region 5 – Louisiana and Mississippi: David W. Asbach is appointed as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 5 effective Jan. 1, 2018. Mr. Asbach is the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the Milwaukee office of the USTP. Region 5 is headquartered in New Orleans with additional offices in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi.

Region 7 – Southern and Western Districts of Texas: Henry G. Hobbs, Jr., is appointed as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 7 effective Jan. 1, 2018. Mr. Hobbs is the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the USTP’s office in Austin, Texas, and has served as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 5 since January 2011. Region 7 is headquartered in Houston with additional offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio, Texas.

Region 12 – Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota: James L. Snyder is appointed as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 12 effective Jan. 7, 2018. Mr. Snyder is the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the Program’s Des Moines, Iowa, office. Region 12 is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with additional offices in Des Moines; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Region 18 – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington: Gregory M. Garvin is appointed as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Region 18 effective Dec. 23, 2017. Mr. Garvin is the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the USTP’s Denver office. Region 18 is headquartered in Seattle with additional offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; Great Falls, Montana; Eugene and Portland, Oregon; and Spokane, Washington.

Region 21 – Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Daniel M. McDermott is appointed as the interim U.S. Trustee for Region 21 effective Jan. 7, 2018. Mr. McDermott also will continue as U.S. Trustee for Region 9 (Michigan and Ohio), where he has served since his appointment in July 2008. Region 21 is headquartered in Atlanta with additional offices in Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, and Tampa, Florida; Macon and Savannah, Georgia; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“On behalf of the U.S. Trustee Program, I extend my deepest gratitude to Ms. Robbins and Mr. Gebhardt for their immeasurable contributions to federal service throughout their 34- and 28-year careers in government, respectively,” said USTP Director Cliff White. “I also am extremely appreciative of our dedicated colleagues who have so graciously agreed to take on additional duties. Their wealth of experience and knowledge will allow the Program to move forward seamlessly in carrying out our important mission.”

The U.S. Trustee Program is the component of the Justice Department that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigating to enforce the bankruptcy laws. The USTP has 21 regions and 92 field office locations.

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Updated November 29, 2017