Eileen Decker, Los Angeles’ deputy mayor on law enforcement and public safety, has been nominated to serve as the top federal prosecutor for the Los Angeles area, the White House announced Wednesday.
The 54-year-old former federal prosecutor has served as deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety since 2009 for Mayors Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa.
“Eileen Decker is one of the nation’s finest public safety professionals,” Garcetti said. “Through Eileen’s leadership, crime is at record lows, the fire department is being overhauled, and our city is becoming a model for disaster preparedness.
“The president could not have made a better choice. Our office will miss her work and I will personally miss her, but I am glad that her new position keeps her in the business of keeping L.A. safe,” the mayor said.
If confirmed by the Senate, Decker would serve as U.S. Attorney for the Central District, the nation’s most populous, with responsibility for all federal litigation in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Decker’s 15 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and her tenure in the mayor’s office “make her an excellent fit for this position,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., calling the nominee “a highly-qualified candidate who will serve with distinction.”
As deputy mayor, Decker is responsible for matters related to the Los Angeles police, fire and emergency management departments.
From 1995 to 2009, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, she prosecuted a range of cases, including cases involving national security, fraud and organized crime. She served as chief of the National Security Section from 2007 until 2009, deputy chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Section from 2002 until 2007, and as deputy chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force from 1999 until 2002.
From 1990 to 1991, and again from 1992 until 1995, she worked in private practice.
Decker earned her undergraduate degree from New York University in 1982, and her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1990. She also holds a master’s degree from the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey.
She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, where she serves on the board of governors, and previously served as president of the organization.
With headquarters in Los Angeles, the local U.S. Attorney’s Office has an authorized staff of about 265 assistant U.S. attorneys, making it the nation’s biggest after the District of Columbia office, which handles both federal and non-federal crimes in Washington.
The office Decker is poised to lead is divided into three litigating divisions — criminal, civil and tax — and a non-attorney administrative division. Its jurisdiction includes 35 cities with more than 100,000 residents each and covers more than 40,000 square miles, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada and Arizona borders.
— City News Service