January 20, 2010

Delegation Applauds Underwood Nomination

Pocatello city councilman asked to serve as U.S. Marshal

Washington, D.C. - Idaho's Congressional delegation offered words of praise and support for the president's decision to nominate Pocatello resident Brian Underwood to be the next U.S. Marshal for Idaho.

"We expect swift confirmation in the U.S. Senate for Mr. Underwood's nomination," Senator Mike Crapo said. "With a deep background in law enforcement and community involvement, Mr. Underwood will serve Idaho well."

"I look forward to supporting Mr. Underwood's nomination in the U.S. Senate to become Idaho's next U.S. Marshal," Senator Jim Risch said. "His work in the Department of Corrections and his experience as a police officer make him a qualified nominee for the position. He also brings a perspective of local government and businesses. We will try to move his nomination forward as quickly as possible."

"Mr. Underwood's resume is vast and impressive and proves he is more than ready for the challenge to lead Idaho in this next endeavor," Congressman Mike Simpson said.

"With Mr. Underwood's background in law enforcement and local government, Idahoans can be pleased that we have the right man for the job of U.S. Marshal," said Congressman Walt Minnick, who recommended Underwood for the position. "I very much appreciate the support my delegation colleagues have shown through this process, and look forward to a confirmation by the U.S. Senate."

About Brian Underwood
Underwood was born and raised in Pocatello, to Brian C. and Lorraine Underwood. He graduated from Pocatello High School and studied at Idaho State University before leaving school to serve a two-year, volunteer Church mission to Jamaica.

After returning home he graduated with an Associate's degree in criminal justice in 1993 and a bachelor's degree in political science in 1998.

He began working for the Pocatello Police Department as an office in 1988. In 1992 he began working as an officer for Idaho Probation and Parole, now known as the Idaho Department of Corrections.

Over the last 17 years, Underwood rose to become manager of the Sixth Judicial District Probation/Parole Office and eventually warden for the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center, a job he has held since 2002. From that date until 2005 he held dual roles as both warden and probation/parole manager.

Underwood holds an Advanced Peace Officer Certification and in 2006 graduated from the Idaho Certified Public Manager Program.

He has been elected to the Pocatello City Council three times, beginning Jan 1, 2000, and served as the Council President from January 2006 to 2008.