BUCKHANNON — A former U.S. Marshal may get the opportunity for round two.
J.C. Raffety has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia.
“I am both humbled and honored to have been nominated by president Donald J. Trump to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia,” Raffety said. “I have been blessed to have served a career in the profession of law enforcement, and the ability to continue that service as a U.S. Marshal is a further blessing. I would be remiss if I did not further recognize the support of West Virginia U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito in securing this nomination.
“If confirmed, I propose to serve with integrity and dedication to the Constitution. It is a distinct honor and privilege for the opportunity to serve with the men and women of the U.S. Marshal’s office for the Northern District.”
Capito recommended Raffety for the position and released this statement:
“There is no one more qualified to serve as U.S. Marshal in West Virginia’s Northern District than J.C. Having already held the position for eight years, he has a unique perspective and firsthand experience that I know will help him continue to serve the people of West Virginia. I am excited the president decided to nominate J.C., and I look forward to supporting his confirmation.”
Raffety is currently a contract investigator for the West Virginia Secretary of State, according to the release. He began his law enforcement career in 1970 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served for 30 years as a special agent and supervisory special agent in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Following his retirement from the FBI, Raffety served as chief of the Buckhannon Police Department from 2000 to 2001. In 2002, he was appointed by then-President George W. Bush to be U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia, and he served in this capacity until 2010.
Raffety then served as elected Upshur County Commissioner from 2011 to 2016 and interim chief of police for the City of Elkins Police Department in 2017.
He earned his Associate of Arts from Prince George’s Community College, his Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and an M.P.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.