A former Nebraska county attorney has a much-expanded law enforcement role.
Joe Kelly served as Lancaster County Attorney until President Trump chose him to be the United States Attorney for Nebraska. The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment. He has served in the new role for three months.
Is it what he expected?
“It is. It’s an exciting job,” Kelly tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It’s a great opportunity, but I knew a lot of the people on the staff, so going into this I knew that I’d be working with some great people.”
As the U.S. Attorney, Kelly now serves as the chief prosecutor in Nebraska for federal agencies.
“Like the FBI, the DEA, and ATF, but you’re also very much involved with local law enforcement when it comes to enforcing federal law and assisting federal law enforcement,” Kelly says. “A lot of it is just that: helping out local law enforcement.”
Kelly says his office has jurisdiction anywhere in Nebraska, enforcing federal law as well as defending the federal government whenever a lawsuit might arise in Nebraska. Kelly says his job, as an appointed U.S. Attorney, is to make sure the priorities set by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions are carried out by his staff.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]