CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Mark A. Klaassen has been sworn in as U.S. attorney for Wyoming.

Klaassen was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 21 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

Klaassen says in a statement that the job is an honor and that he is committed to sustaining efforts necessary to protect Wyoming communities and uphold the rule of law.

He noted challenges in reducing violent crime, stemming the tide of illegal drugs and prescription opioid abuse and protecting the most vulnerable from exploitation.

As U.S. attorney, Klaassen is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the state. He oversees a staff of 42 employees, including 17 attorneys and 25 non-attorney support personnel.

His office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes occurring in the state.

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