TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Kansas Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach says he will nominate a former federal prosecutor who was also among his top Republican rivals to be the next director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. .
Kobach announced Tuesday that he has chosen Tony Mattivi for the key state law enforcement position. Mattivi was a federal prosecutor for more than 20 years and coordinator of homeland security and counterterrorism efforts in Kansas when he retired as a prosecutor in November 2020.
Mattivi’s appointment would have to be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Kansas Senate after lawmakers open their next annual session on Jan. 9.
Kobach narrowly won the race for attorney general last month after dominant in Republican primaries v. Mattivi and State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Kellie Warren.
Mattivi would replace Kirk Thompson, who plans to retire in January after a 46-year career in law enforcement, most of it with the KBI. Thompson has been a director of KBI since July 2011.
Kobach cited Mattivi’s experience as a federal prosecutor. For five years, Mattivi led the team that prosecuted Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the USS Cole bombing in Yemen in 2000 that killed 17 sailors. That case has yet to go to trial. before a military commission.
Mattivi has also worked for the Shawnee County Attorney General’s Office and District Attorney’s Office.
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