WASHINGTON, D.C. - North Dakota has a new U.S. marshal.

The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation director Dallas Carlson was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 11.

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Carlson was nominated for the position in March and his nomination was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

U.S. marshals have the job of capturing fugitives, serving federal arrest warrants, transporting prisoners and overseeing the witness protection program as well as working with local and state law enforcement on some cases.

Carlson began his 29-year career at BCI as a special agent before being promoted to chief agent and finally being named director of the BCI in 2011. Prior to that, he worked for the Devils Lake and Mandan police departments and started his career in 1977 with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Carlson has a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State University and has trained at the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Academy, as well as the FBI National Academy. He is a native of Warwick, N.D.

Both U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven supported his nomination.

Heitkamp said about Carlson, “.I know that his on-the-ground experiences with issues like human trafficking, illicit narcotics, and domestic violence will greatly impact the work of the U.S. marshals in North Dakota as they maintain the rule of law and prevent major crimes.”

Hoeven added,  “Dallas has the right background and expertise, and will continue to serve the people of North Dakota well in this new role.”