U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed Richard Hartunian of the Northern District of New York and Barbara McQuade of the Eastern District of Michigan as the respective chair and vice chair of the Attorney General’s advisory committee.
The Justice Department said Monday that Hartunian replaces former U.S. Attorney John Walsh for the District of Colorado as committee chair while McQuade succeeds Hartunian as vice chair.
“They are both seasoned prosecutors, exemplary law enforcement officers, and devoted public servants, and I look forward to benefitting from their long experience and wise counsel as we advance the department’s vital work in the months ahead,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Hartunian became vice chair of the AGAC in January 2015 after he previously served as co-chair of the border and immigration subcommittee and as a member of the subcommittees focused on Native American issues, health care fraud and environmental crimes.
He was appointed U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York in 2010 and prior to that he was assistant U.S. attorney since 1997 and as the district’s Narcotics Chief and Organized Crime Drug.
McQuade, who joined the AGAC in April 2013, previously was co-chair of the terrorism and national security subcommittee as well as served on subcommittees that tackle civil rights and border security matters.
She also worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit, Michigan, and as deputy chief of the National Security Unit.
Established in 1973, AGAC provides advice to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues that affect the offices of the U.S. Attorneys.