Durbin Forwards New Recommendation for U.S. Marshal to White House

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] –U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today forwarded a new name to the White House for consideration when filling the U.S. Marshal position in the Northern District of Illinois – Darryl McPherson, who currently serves as a Deputy U.S. Marshall Senior Inspector.


The candidate whose name was previously sent to the White House, Kenton Terrell, this week withdrew his name from active consideration due to family reasons. Durbin was able to quickly select a new name because of the work done by screening panel set up earlier this year.


In April, Durbin established three bipartisan screening committees to assist in selecting Federal District Court Judges, U.S. Attorneys, and U.S. Marshals for Illinois. The screening committees were comprised of distinguished Illinoisans drawn from various aspects of the legal profession including former judges, prominent litigators, law professors, bar association leaders, former prosecutors and defenders. Former federal judge and Illinois Congressman Abner Mikva chaired the Northern District Screening Panel.


Members of the screening committees met throughout the spring and early summer, reviewing applications and references, and conducting interviews. Durbin reviewed the screening committees’ recommendations, conducted interviews of finalists, and, in consultation with members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, submitted his recommendations to the President, who will make the final decisions on nominees.


Once the President submits a nomination to the U.S. Senate, it will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Senator Durbin is a member and the nominee will ultimately receive a vote in the committee. If approved by the Judiciary Committee, the nominee will then receive a vote by the full Senate.


A biographical description of Mr. McPherson follows:


Darryl McPherson. Darryl McPherson has served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Chicago since 1999, and in 2007 was promoted to the position of Deputy U.S. Marshal Senior Inspector. He served as the lead Deputy Marshal for Judge Joan Lefkow and won a Special Recognition award from the Department of Justice for his service. He has served on the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force, and he has been active in the community, serving as chair of the Security Advisory Committee of the Union League Boys & Girls Club, as a mentor for at-risk youth in the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation “Badges for Baseball” program, and as a member of the steering committee of BAHA (Black and Hispanic Achievers).