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U.S. marshals rounding up recruits

May 20, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - U.S. marshals are known for rounding up wanted felons, but now they're looking to catch a few recruits.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeff Stine of the Martinsburg office said an informational seminar will be held on June 5 for those interested in applying to become a U.S. marshal.

The seminar begins at 10 a.m. at the U.S. Courthouse at 225 W. King St.

Those interested will be given an application and later scheduled to take a test, probably in August or September, Stine said.

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Hundreds of openings are expected nationally in the next few years as more positions are created and marshals retire, Stine said.

Stine said that in the past, the Marshals Service did little recruitment. Agents were asked to occasionally speak to service clubs and organizations to tell them about the agency, but those interested in applying had to seek out the agency rather than the service seeking out applicants.

Along with the new recruitment drive, the Marshals Service has a Hollywood liaison to help promote the agency's image, he said.

The work has helped lead to a positive image of the agency in movies like "The Fugitive," where Tommy Lee Jones played a U.S. marshal who tracked down fugitives, and "Eraser," with Arnold Schwarzenegger as a U.S. marshal in the witness protection program.

To qualify, a deputy U.S. marshal must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 21 to 36 and have a bachelor's degree or three years of responsible experience, be able to pass a written test and oral interview as well be physically fit and willing to work at different duty stations, Stine said.

Stine said anyone interested in attending the seminar should call him at 1-304-267-7179.

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