Boston U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan has been nominated President Bush as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Boston Globe reports. The nomination of Sullivan, 52, marks the first time the post of ATF director has required Senate confirmation.
Sullivan was named U.S. attorney by Bush a week after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He had served as Plymouth County district attorney for 6 1/2 years and as a three-term state representative. Since September, he’s been commuting between Washington and Boston, while serving as U.S. attorney of Massachusetts and acting director of ATF, which has more than 5,000 employees. ATF recently signed an agreement with the Department of Defense to train military personnel going to Iraq and Afghanistan on how to deal with evidence collection and analysis of explosive devices that go off in hostile settings.