Reception set for judge’s retirement
by Kevin Pearson
Dec 08, 2013 | 1760 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Marshall Alexander, chief of the Criminal Division for the Unites States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi in Oxford, retired on Nov. 30 after more than 31 years of distinguished service.

“I have some ideas (for retirement) but have no firm plans yet,” said Alexander. “I’m going to take a few days and give it some thought.”

Alexander, who is originally of Cleveland, graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981, and began his career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in March of 1982.

He served as the judicially appointed United States Attorney from 2010 to 2011 and as Criminal Chief from 2007 until his retirement.

Alexander also served as the Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator, Anti-Gang Coordinator, Triggerlock Coordinator and Public Information Officer.

Some things he considers to be big achievements during his appointment are Project Safe Neighborhoods, where citizens were able to significantly reduce gun crimes, and the Small Town Initiative.

“Small towns used to be able to be safe and run with just a watchman but as the towns grew they became beset with crime,” said Alexander.

“It (The Small Town Initiative) was put together to give a boost to law enforcement to where they could restore order.”

He has received numerous commendations and awards, including the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award for Superior Performance of Duty.

Alexander has gained extensive trail experience and, as Criminal Chief, he either tried or oversaw numerous cases, which gained national attention.

Alexander said, “It’s a good feeling to step away from a position I’ve held for so long and know that the people you’ve trained and worked with can stay behind and flourish.”

To honor Alexander’s 31 years of service, a retirement reception, which the public is encouraged to attend, will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at The Atrium of the First Baptist Church, located at 800 Van Buren Ave. in Oxford, MS.