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New first assistant named for US attorney

January 29, 2018 GMT

CHARLESTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia has appointed a new first assistant to serve under new U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.

Stewart announced Tuesday that Lisa G. Johnston was named to the position.

″(She) was not given this opportunity, she earned it,” he said. “She is tough on crime, and she knows how to lead a team, which is why she will be advising me every step of the way as we crack down on drug trafficking, corruption and predators, and ensure that public safety is our driving goal.”

Johnston has spent 30 years working as an assistant United States attorney in West Virginia U.S. Attorney’s Offices and has worked since 2006 with the Southern District office.

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She serves as the Project Safe Childhood coordinator and provides guidance to other attorneys in the office handling child pornography cases. She also participated in the Crimes against Children Task Force in the Northern District of West Virginia, which was composed of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as victim advocate groups.

She also worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where she provided law guidance to agents and inspectors.

Stuart said Johnston shares his vision and urgency to take action to deliver criminal results for the district citizens.