Woodford County

Obama taps former Woodford sheriff to be U.S. marshal

A former Woodford County sheriff has been nominated by President Obama to become a U.S. marshal.

Loren "Squirrel" Carl of Versailles, who was Woodford County sheriff from 1986 to 1996, was nominated Thursday by the president. The nomination will go to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.

Since 2004, Carl has been the district coordinator for U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.

Carl was chief of the Woodford County police from December 2003 to April 2004 and was a detective with that agency from 1980 to 1985.

From 1996 to 2003, he was director of the Financial Integrity Enforcement Division of the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the enforcement arm of the federal courts. Marshals arrest federal fugitives, protect federal judges, transport federal prisoners, and seize property acquired by criminals through illegal activities.

Carl was among five men nominated by Obama. The others were nominated for judicial districts in Arkansas, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia.