Department of Justice holds swearing-in ceremony for newly-appointed U.S. Marshal

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The United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia was sworn in Friday.

J.C. Raffety, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in May, was sworn in during a ceremony held at the United States District Courthouse in Clarksburg at 11 a.m.

United States Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Senior Judge of the Northern District of West Virginia Irene Keeley delivered remarks at Friday’s ceremony.

Raffety began his law enforcement career in 1966 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served a 30-year career in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Erie, Pa. as a Supervisory Special Agent with the Criminal Investigative Division’s Organized Crime Section. In 1983, he transferred to Clarksburg and served as a Senior Resident Agent and, later, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent responsible for administration of all criminal investigations in the 32-county district.

Follwing his retirement from the FBI, Raffety served as the chief of the Buckhannon Police Department from 2000 to 2001, and in 2002, he was appointed by President George Bush to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia and served in that capacity until 2010. From 2011 to 2016, Raffety served as an elected Upshur County Commissioner, served as the interim police chief for the Elkins Police Department in 2017 and worked with the Secretary of State’s office from 2017 to 2018.

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