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Reno names interim U.S. attorney for Tampa

The next U.S. attorney in Tampa won't be any of the 13 people who have applied for the job.

Instead, it will be Douglas N. Frazier, an assistant federal prosecutor who will become the interim U.S. attorney on Sunday.

Frank V. Hall, director of administration for the U.S. Attorney's Office, confirmed Tuesday that Frazier has been appointed by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney Robert Genzman.

Frazier was an assistant federal prosecutor in New Orleans before joining the Middle District of Florida office under Robert Merkle, Genzman's predecessor, Hall said. In Florida, Frazier has served in the Orlando and Fort Myers divisions. He headed the Fort Myers office for a time.

Frazier has spent the last several months on special assignment with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Hall said.

He also has served as interim U.S. attorney in Las Vegas and the chief assistant in Miami, Hall said.

Genzman, a Republican appointed by George Bush, resigned in March after Reno requested the resignations of all U.S. attorneys. Genzman of Orlando will serve the rest of this week.

Hall said Frazier will be sworn in Friday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich and will officially assume responsibility Sunday.

Frazier will serve until a permanent replacement is nominated by U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Such appointments are for four-year terms.

Thirteen lawyers, including eight from the Tampa Bay area, have applied for the job. A committee of people appointed by Graham is reviewing the applications and will interview candidates June 27.

Florida's Middle District comprises 35 counties,including such cities as Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa Bay. The U.S. attorney supervises about 95 assistants.

Miller sworn in in Northern District

A former Clearwater and Pasco County state prosecutor, Gregory R. Miller, was sworn in last week as interim U.S. attorney for Florida's Northern District, based in Tallahassee.

Miller, a former Marine Corps prosecutor, worked for State Attorney James Russell in the mid-1980s, became a federal prosecutor in Tampa and then transferred to Tallahassee in 1989. He had been serving as chief of that office's criminal section when he was named interim U.S. attorney, replacing Kenneth Sukhia.

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