So THAT'S What Gonzales Was Doing Here

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Never mind the protesters. Turns out U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was sizing up a new hire when he visited Boise recently.

Just got the announcement from Idaho's U.S. Attorney, Thomas Moss, that he was taking a position at the Justice Department, in Washington.

He starts his new job Monday. How's that for moving fast!

Moss announced today he'll take the position of Associate Deputy Attorney General for Violent Crime. The job reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General, who is second in command at the Justice Department.

More from the press release:

Moss will remain U.S. Attorney for Idaho for an unspecified period of time, running the office from Washington through existing management.

“I couldn’t take advantage of this wonderful opportunity if I didn’t have a First-Class team back in Idaho,” Moss said, citing especially his First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marc Haws, as well as his Civil and Criminal Division Chiefs and the Branch Managers in Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello.

Moss was tapped for the high-level job by U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, with the approval of the President.

More About Moss:

In 2001 he established Project Safe Neighborhoods, which has brought local, state and federal law enforcement resources together to focus on the investigation and prosecution of gun crime. Earlier this year, he launched the Treasure Valley Violent Crimes Task Force (commonly known as the Metro Task Force) to address growing concern over violent criminal gangs in southwest Idaho. And in 2006, he kicked off Project Safe Childhood, an initiative designed to go after those who prey on children on the Internet.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Haws had this to say:“His success has been built on the qualities of strong conviction, persistence, good judgment, common sense and civility."

As the Associate Deputy Attorney General for Violent Crime, Moss will work closely with the directors of the FBI and ATF, and will oversee anti-violence initiatives around the nation.

Moss graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1965. From 1965 until 2001 he had a general law practice in Blackfoot, and for much of that time served as the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Bingham County. From February 2000 until his appointment as United States Attorney in August 2001, he served as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives. Tom is past president of the Idaho State Bar Association, the Seventh Judicial District Bar Association and the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association, and has served on numerous Idaho State Bar Association committees. In 2005, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Tom and his late wife, Bonny, have raised seven children. ****** ? ?