New U.S. Attorney for Northern WV sworn in

Courtesy: Department of Justice

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia was sworn in Friday at a ceremony in Martinsburg.

Bill Powell was sworn in at a ceremony at the W. Craig Broadwater Federal Building and United States Courthouse.

Powell was nominated by President Trump for the position in August. He was confirmed by the Senate in October.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gina M. Groh administered the oath of office to Powell.

The ceremony was attended former U.S. Attorneys, Federal Judges, lawmakers, colleagues, staff, Powell’s family and friends, and special guests from Burke Street Elementary School in Martinsburg- who recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Powell now oversees a staff of 21 attorneys and 24 non-attorney support personnel from offices in Wheeling, Martinsburg, Clarksburg, and Elkins. The U.S. Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics and acts of terrorism.

The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the country.

Powell was born in New York but is a Martinsburg resident. He recently served as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Jefferson County. He previously at Jackson Kelly, PLLC, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

In 1982, Powell received his B.A. in 1982 from Salem College. He went on to receive his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1985.

Powell has served as president of the West Virginia Bar Association and is a former member of the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors.