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Head of state police agency on track to be North Dakota's next U.S. marshal

BCI Director Dallas Carlson, front, along with from left, Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist, West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan, Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney, and Interim Fargo Police Chief David Todd address the growing crime concerns in the metro area during a press conference at the Fargo Public Library in downtown Fargo, N.D. on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced his intent Tuesday, March 6, to nominate Dallas Carlson as the U.S. marshal for the district of North Dakota.

In a statement, Carlson said he was "very honored and humbled to be nominated." "I am looking forward to the confirmation process in the coming weeks," he said.

Carlson has been with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation for 29 years, starting as a special agent, then chief agent, and now as the director since 2011. Before that, he worked for the Devils Lake and Mandan police departments and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

Carlson's nomination requires confirmation from the U.S. Senate. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., issued a statement Tuesday, saying that he supports Carlson's nomination.

Daniel Orr is currently North Dakota's acting U.S. marshal. Duties of the U.S. marshal include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing seized assets, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program.

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