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Louie T. McKinney

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Louie T. McKinney was appointed by President George W. Bush as the Acting Director of the United States Marshals Service on February 9, 2001. McKinney joined the US Marshals Service as a Deputy US Marshal in 1968. He further served in several leadership capacities including Chief Inspector for Interpol and Deputy Chief of Witness Security. Additionally, he was twice appointed by the Attorney General to be the US Marshal for the Virgin Islands. At the time of his retirement in 1994, he was Chief of the Enforcement Division, responsible for numerous fugitive investigations and initiatives.

Mr. McKinney’s prior experience also includes 7 years in the US Navy, 5 years as an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in DC, and 2 years with the CIA. With more than 40 years of service to his country, McKinney has received numerous awards and citations, including several from the Attorney General and the White House. Louie T McKinney is the author of One Marshal's Badge: A Memoir of Fugitive Hunting, Witness Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to the book description of
One Marshal's Badge: A Memoir of Fugitive Hunting, Witness Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service, "While many people are familiar with the U.S. Marshals Service’s reputation from frontier days, when legendary lawmen such as Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson enforced the Wild West, the agency’s modern exploits are less well known. One Marshal’s Badge sheds light on the service’s valuable role in current national and international affairs through the intriguing figure of Louie McKinney, the agency’s former director.

McKinney’s life is an inspirational story of personal fortitude and professional achievement. Growing up a sharecropper’s son in the segregated South, McKinney rose to become the first career deputy to lead the Marshals Service. Prior to his promotion, McKinney contributed to the agency in many groundbreaking ways, including helping to restore order to the skies after a rash of airline hijackings in the early 1970s; guarding prisoner John Hinckley, the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, as a yearlong assignment; transporting criminals to trial and to prison in his own car before the creation of Con Air; enforcing the integration of Southern public schools as a black deputy marshal; and heading an innovative sting operation that netted hundreds of fugitives by enticing them with free football tickets.

One Marshal’s Badge offers a rare glimpse into the Marshal Service’s inner workings, especially its witness protection program and elite SWAT team, and is an eyewitness account of the social turbulence that defined American history in the late twentieth century."



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