- The Washington Times - Friday, July 20, 2001

President Bush announced that he plans to nominate veteran Texas lawman Benigo G. "Ben" Reyna as director of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Mr. Bush's choice was praised by Attorney General John Ashcroft yesterday.
"Benigo Reyna will lead the U.S. Marshals with honor," Mr. Ashcroft said in a statement. "He has spent his life serving and protecting fellow citizens, and his expertise in law enforcement will ensure the organization will be held to a high standard."
The duties of the U.S. Marshals director "are a crucial part of the Justice Department's responsibility to America," Mr. Ashcroft said.
The director supervises 94 U.S. Marshals.
The nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency, the Marshals Service protects federal courts, transports federal prisoners and pursues federal fugitives.
Until May, Mr. Reyna served as chief of the Brownsville, Texas, police department. Previously, he held a variety of other posts at the department, including acting chief, commander of professional standards, lieutenant and sergeant. He joined the department as a cadet in 1976.
The Brownsville Police Department, incorporated in 1848, has an annual budget of $12.9 million, with an additional grant funding for various community programs.
Funding for the department represents 34.7 percent of the city's budget. The department has approximately 200 officers and 88 support staff.
Mr. Ashcroft noted that Mr. Reyna also served as the emergency management coordinator for Brownsville from 1995 until this year, a position from which he directed emergency management operations during weather-related and other disasters.
He said that since 1997, Mr. Reyna also served on Texas' Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, and was tapped to be the presiding officer of the commission in 2000.
The attorney general said that since 1997, Mr. Reyna has assisted the U.S. Attorney's Office in the southern district of Texas as a law-enforcement adviser, offering solutions to law-enforcement problems and helping to develop a data-sharing system to benefit area police agencies.
Through his participation in the Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center's Technology Transfer Program, part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Mr. Reyna led the creation and implementation of a multi-law enforcement agency radio interoperability communications system, Mr. Ashcroft said.
Mr. Reyna is an active member of the Brownsville community, serving on the Brownsville Adult Literacy Council and having been a member of the board of directors of the Brownsville Boys and Girls Club. He also was an instructor in criminal justice and a member of the Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Committee of the University of Texas at Brownsville.
He received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas-Pan American, further enhancing his law enforcement credentials by graduating from the FBI National Academy in 1991.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates and the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

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