Appointment confirmed TROY alumnus Art Baylor sworn in as U.S. Marshal
TROY alumnus and former Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor was recently appointed to the United States Marshals Service.
The U.S. Marshals Service was founded in 1789 making it the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country. The Marshals are the enforcement arm of the federal courts and direct the activities of the nation’s 94 federal judicial districts. U.S. Marshals are appointed by the president.
“It’s an honor, first, to be appointed by the president and confirmed by the United States Senate,” Baylor said. “In my 33 years of law enforcement this is a great honor to serve the United States and especially the Middle District of Alabama.”
Baylor said the process went on for about a year during which White House officials notified the Alabama congressional delegations. He said he then received calls from Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright and Sen. Jeff Sessions notifying him of the information passed down from the White House.
The U.S. Marshals are tasked with providing protection for the federal judiciary, apprehending wanted fugitives, transporting federal prisoners and protecting endangered federal witnesses.
“In general, it’s a law enforcement job,” Baylor said. “It involves the protection of lives and property throughout the Middle District.”
Baylor serves in the Middle District of Alabama, encompassing federal courts in Montgomery, Opelika and Dothan.
Baylor said he will miss working with the Montgomery Police Department, but the fact that the Middle District includes Montgomery will keep him in constant contact with those people.
Baylor said being in the Middle District has also made the transition from police chief to U.S. Marshal an easy and enjoyable experience.
Baylor graduated from TROY with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1977 and obtained his master’s degree in criminal justice in 1990.
Baylor’s confirmation makes him the second TROY graduate to be appointed to the U.S. Marshals this year. Kelvin Washington was confirmed as a U.S. Marshal for South Carolina in March. Washington, who lives in Hemingway, SC, with his wife Patricia and their three children, graduated from TROY with a master’s degree in criminal justice.
Baylor said his time at TROY helped make him who he is today.
“I have over 33 years of law enforcement experience. That’s what I went into the undergraduate and graduate programs at TROY for and that, I think, helped me get some of the positions I’ve received,” Baylor said. “The studies, the relationships and just the overall atmosphere of TROY helped to prepare me for my future.”
Baylor said he knew he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement and he is grateful for the honor of being selected as a U.S. Marshal.
“I don’t know if I ever really just looked at being the chief of police or a U.S. Marshal,” he said, “but I wanted to be in law enforcement and that’s what TROY prepared me for. With God’s blessings and the preparation, I’ve moved up to some levels that I’m very appreciative of.”
Hudson is a senior journalism major from Mobile and is a Foundation Scholar writer for the University Relations Office.