MPD’s Patrick Burke Nominated by Obama to Serve as U.S. Marshal for D.C.

Nora and Patrick Burke at a Friends of Volta Park fundraiser. | Photo by Robert Devaney

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Assistant Chief Patrick Burke was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Marshal for D.C. on Feb. 4.

“Patrick A. Burke has a long and stellar track record in public safety,” said Obama. “I’m honored to nominate him to serve as a United States Marshal, and I know he will show unwavering courage and commitment in protecting his fellow citizens.”

Burke’s nomination to be marshal must be approved by the U.S. Senate.

As assistant police chief in the Strategic Services Bureau, Burke currently oversees the training, professional development, and strategic planning of the Metropolitan Police Department. Burke had been with the MPD for over 26 years, where he oversaw the security coordination of events such as Obama’s first presidential inauguration in 2009, the Nuclear Security Summit and the Papal visit in 2008.
Burke also sits on the boards of the Office of Police Complaints, the D.C. Police Foundation, and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program.

Hailing from Rochester, N.Y., Burke received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988, his M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and his M.A. from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

He and his wife Nora and children live in the Palisades, having lived on O Street in Georgetown.

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