Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town has named veteran federal prosecutor Robert O. Posey as executive assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Town also named Lloyd Peeples as first assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, the office’s number two post.
“Robert Posey is an institution of knowledge. His leadership is proven and battle-tested and the Northern District has been fortunate to have it for many years, and it is my hope we will have it for many years to come. Robert will remain a big part of the management team as our new executive assistant U.S. attorney,” Town said.
Posey most recently served as the acting U.S. attorney from January until Town’s U.S. Senate confirmation as U.S. attorney in August. Posey served as first assistant U.S. attorney to former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance from July 2013, until assuming the acting U.S. attorney role when Vance retired. Posey has more than 25 years’ experience as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District, including serving as deputy chief of the Criminal Division, where he supervised white-collar crime, public corruption and civil rights cases.
In his role as executive assistant U.S. attorney, Posey will be tasked with a number of leadership and managerial roles, to include direct supervision of the Administrative Division, supervising special projects and working groups and continuing as the district office security manager.
As an assistant U.S. attorney, Posey received the Justice Department’s highest award presented to an attorney for trial of litigation for his role in the successful prosecution of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing cases. He received a similar Justice Department award for his role in the environmental crime prosecution of McWane Corporation.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Posey served 10 years as a state prosecutor in Jefferson and Shelby counties. He is an Alabama native and a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham. He also is a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer.
Jay E. Town named Lloyd Peeples as first assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, the office’s number two post. Peeples began work in the leadership position this week.
“Lloyd Peeples brings tremendous energy, devotion and skill to the Northern District. His experience, coupled with his leadership capability, will serve the entire office well. I am very proud that Lloyd Peeples joins us as my first assistant U.S. attorney,” Town said.
As the first assistant U.S. Attorney, Peeples will supervise the Criminal, Civil, Appellate and Administrative Divisions. The first assistant U.S. attorney regularly receives case briefings, serves as a liaison with state and federal agencies, represents the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the public and handles administrative matters as directed by the U.S. attorney.
Peeples worked as a prosecutor in the Northern District of Alabama from 2003 until 2012, handling a variety of civil and criminal matters, including civil and criminal health care fraud, False Claims Act, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, bank fraud and public corruption cases. Peeples left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to assist in managing his father’s manufacturing business. Following his father’s death, Peeples took over as chairman of the board and chief executive officer until the family sold the company in January 2017.
Peeples was born in Dothan. He attended Washington and Lee University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1995. Peeples obtained his law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1998. Peeples worked as a judicial clerk and in private practice in Birmingham before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama as an assistant U.S. attorney in 2003.
Peeples said he is grateful for the opportunity to re-join the U.S. Attorney’s Office and return to public service.