A 20-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department who serves as assistant chief has been nominated to be Minnesota's next U.S. Marshal.
President Barack Obama nominated Sharon Lubinski for the post on Tuesday, saying in a statement that she has dedicated her career to protecting her fellow citizens.
"She has displayed exceptional courage in the pursuit of justice, and I am honored to nominate her today to continue her selfless work as U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota," Obama said.
Lubinski was first recommended by Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in June, and her appointment must be confirmed by the Senate. She would replace Michael McGinn, who has served as U.S. Marshal since May 2008.
If confirmed, Lubinski would be the first woman to become U.S. Marshal for Minnesota.
Lubinski has served in command positions for 10 of her 20 years with the Minneapolis police. She previously worked eight years for the Dane County Sheriff's Department in Madison, Wis.
Lubinski, who manages the police department's daily operations and budget, served on the Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2004 to 2006. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in public administration at Hamline University.