Obama nominates LV police lieutenant for U.S. marshal post

President Barack Obama nominated Las Vegas police Lt. Christopher Hoye on Wednesday to serve as U.S. marshal for Nevada.

Hoye was one of five people nominated by the president on Wednesday for positions as U.S. marshals.

"These nominees have dedicated their careers to protecting their fellow Americans, and in so doing they have displayed exceptional selflessness and courage," according to a statement released by Obama. "I am confident that they will serve the American people with integrity and I am honored to nominate them today to continue their work as U.S. Marshals."

Hoye has risen through the ranks since joining the Metropolitan Police Department in 1988. He served as commissioner of the Las Vegas Housing Authority from 1998 to 2003. He previously worked as a casino security officer from 1986 to 1988.

Sen. Harry Reid recommended Hoye for the job of U.S. marshal. After the Jan. 4 shooting at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse, Reid called Obama and asked him to make the appointment a priority. A court security officer was killed, and a deputy U.S. marshal was wounded after a gunman opened fire in the building.

"I was happy to recommend Christopher Hoye for U.S. Marshal to President Obama and am pleased that he took my advice on this nomination," according to a statement released Wednesday by Reid. "Lieutenant Hoye has served honorably in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, including on the Mobile Crime Saturation Team and the Homeland Security Saturation Team. Lieutenant Hoye is heavily decorated, having been honored as police officer of the year, commissioner of the year, and the Metro PD award for leadership. Christopher Hoye is an exceptional choice for U.S. Marshal, and I congratulate him as he takes this next step in his already impressive career."

Hoye will replace U.S. Marshal Gary Orton, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006.

In 2003, Hoye resigned his seat on the Las Vegas Housing Authority at the request of Mayor Oscar Goodman.

News reports from the time stated that the housing authority had received an inspector general's report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that was critical of board members. It was also determined that Hoye did not live within the city limits of Las Vegas, a requirement for the position.

Earlier this month, Reid spokesman Jon Summers said White House officials were aware of the resignation. "The White House as far as the vetting process has had a discussion with him about it," Summers said.