Promising a new partnership to address violent crime and help people keep it out of their communities, U.S. Attorney Larry Colleton on Tuesday announced his goals and a new management team.
At his first news conference since taking the job in December, Colleton told the local news media that his office's No.
1 priority is the same as the entire country's: violent crime.
"To the extent that we can address this, we will try," Colleton said.
Other areas of emphasis will include bank, health care and telemarketing fraud; the "war that seems never-ending" against drugs; environmental crimes and civil rights.
Colleton also stressed his intent to be more proactive in crime prevention. He outlined plans to give seized real estate to communities for use as "safe havens," and assist those communities in getting satellite offices for law enforcement, education and social services.
Unlike the common perception that poverty leads to crime, Colleton thinks "crime causes poverty." Businesses don't move into an area with high robbery and murder rates, he said.
Colleton took the occasion to introduce his team of supervisors and managers. His No. 2 man is Bruce Hinshelwood, an 11-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney's Office, who has worked in Orlando and Jacksonville.
Criminal division chief is Wanda Robinson, an assistant U.S. attorney from the Virgin Islands, previously a state prosecutor and federal public defender in Baltimore.
Her predecessor, Terry Zitek, becomes a training officer for the Tampa and Fort Myers divisions and will also prosecute cases.
Warren Zimmerman, an assistant in Tampa, was promoted to chief of the civil division.
Tamra Phipps will lead the ap-pellate efforts, and Virginia Covington remains chief of the asset forfeiture division.
Rick L. Jancha, section chief for drug crimes, which will now be led from the Orlando division.
Stephen M. Kunz, managing assistant of the Tampa division, was formerly an assistant in Jacksonville. Each division in the Middle District _ Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Myers _ will now have a managing assistant.
Also in Tampa, Michael Rubinstein becomes the chief of the major crimes section, while Robert Monk remains in charge of the economic crimes section. Kevin March remains head of the Strike Force for cases involving organized crime.
Mark Jackowski, a veteran drug prosecutor who also did the Bank of Credit and Commerce International money-laundering case, gets promoted to senior litigation counsel.