U.S. Attorney William J. Powell announces senior leadership team

From staff reports

William J. Powell, U.S. attorney for the North District of West Virginia, has announced his senior leadership team.

Those appointed to the team bring a combined 109 years of service to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District and are assisting Powell in the management of the Wheeling, Martinsburg, Clarksburg and Elkins offices.

The team consists of Randolph J. Bernard, first assistant U.S. attorney; Helen Campbell Altmeyer, civil division chief; Paul T. Camilletti, criminal division chief; Fawn E. Thomas, administrative officer; and Traci M. Cook, branch office supervisor, Clarksburg.

“I am excited about our team. We have important work to do, but I am confident we will get it done. The guidance and support I have already received has been invaluable. Along with our dedicated assistant U.S. attorneys and all of our support staff, we will continue to do the work of our district in a professional and unwavering manner,” said Powell.

Bernard has been named first assistant U.S. attorney, after the retirement of former first assistant Betsy Steinfeld Jividen. Bernard previously served as the chief of the criminal division. Bernard joined the office in 2002. He also has served as the district office security manager. Before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Bernard served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Wheeling Resident Agency. Prior to the FBI, he was a litigator with Coolidge, Wall, Womsley & Lombard in Dayton.

Altmeyer will continue in her role at the civil division chief. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the civil division since 1989. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Altmeyer was an associate at Bachmann, Hess, Bachmann & Garden in Wheeling. She also served as an assistant county prosecutor in Ohio County, where she primarily was responsible for handling child abuse and neglect cases.

Camilletti has been named the criminal division chief. Camilletti most recently was the deputy chief of the criminal division. He joined the office in 1991 as an assistant U.S. attorney responsible for asset forfeiture. He also has served as a task force attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He serves as the national security cyber specialist and crisis management coordinator. Before joining the U.S. attorney’s office, Camilletti was a partner in the law firm of Camilletti & Sacco in Wheeling. He served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in both the Ohio and Marshall counties prosecutors’ offices.

Thomas will continue in her role as administrative officer, serving as the chief of the administrative division and as the primary adviser to the U.S. Attorney for planning and managing all office resources. Thomas has been with the office since 1983. Prior to her appointment as administrative officer, she served as the public affairs specialist and the human resource specialist. Thomas previously was an EEO investigator for the executive office for U.S. attorneys and an evaluation and review staff evaluator. Thomas also served on the administrative officers’ working group.

Cook is the branch office supervisor in the Clarksburg office. She joined the office in 2016. Before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, she was a senior assistant prosecuting attorney in Harrison County. She also served as an associate attorney at Reed Kimble PLLC in Morgantown. Prior to that, she was an assistant public defender in Clarksburg and an associate attorney at Seibert & Kasserman LC in Wheeling.

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