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Eileen M. Decker was recently sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. She leads the largest United States Attorney’s Office outside of the District of Columbia, serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
The office, which currently employs approximately 250 attorneys, serves more than 19 million residents.
“It is a great honor to lead the United States Attorney’s Office,” Decker said. “It is an office with a great legacy of prosecuting some of the most significant and difficult cases in the nation, and I look forward to building on that legacy in the years to come. I also look forward to working in close partnership with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners in achieving greater public safety throughout the district.”
After being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on June 11, Decker was given a four-year appointment by President Barack Obama. She succeeds United States Attorney André Birotte Jr., who resigned last August to become a United States District Judge.
Decker was formerly deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety for the city of Los Angeles, and served in the administrations of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. As deputy mayor, Decker was responsible for matters related to the police department, fire department and emergency management department. Additionally, she was the principle government liaison to all federal law enforcement agencies for Los Angeles.
Decker also previously served as assistant United States attorney from 1995 to 2009, during which time she prosecuted cases in the office’s national security, fraud and violent crime sections. Decker also previously worked in private practice in Los Angeles at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
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