Biden's nominee for ATF Director prosecuted high-profile Valley cases
The prosecutor who served as U.S. Attorney during several high-profile federal court cases is being nominated for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
President Biden is expected to announce the nomination of Steve Dettelbach during a news conference outside the White House on Monday.
Dettelbach is a career prosecutor who spent over two decades as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 2009, he was unanimously confirmed for his position as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
During that time, Dettelbach worked with federal, state, and local law enforcement to prosecute violent crime and combat domestic violent extremism and religious violence.
He also worked with the ATF to prosecute violent criminal gangs.
Under Dettelbach’s tenure as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, former Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Cronin was convicted of mail fraud.
Dettelbach was also U.S. Attorney when Youngstown during the prosecution of two Valley lawyers.
Attorney Scott Cochran of Austintown was ultimately convicted of misbehaving in court by failing to provide truthful testimony in a trial and Neal Atway of Youngstown was found guilty of conspiring against the rights of a client who had hired him to represent him in a federal criminal case.
According to a statement from the White House, Dettelbach worked with local law enforcement and community leaders to develop and implement data-driven and neighborhood-based efforts to prevent and fight violent crime.