The Honorable Stacia Hylton, Master of Ceremonies
Ms. Hylton retired as the Director of the United States Marshal Service after thirty-six years in law enforcement. She currently serves on three publicly traded Board of Directors SPOK.INC, Core Civic and Lexis Nexis. She is a principle of LS Advisory, LLC providing strategic business solutions. Ms. Hylton maintains a Cyber Computer Emergency Response Team certification from Carnegie Melon University.
Ms. Hylton has had the privilege to serve both political parties after her 25 as a sworn law enforcement agent. She was first appointed to serve as Attorney General John Ashcroft’s Federal Detention Trustee in 2004. After retiring in early 2010 she was asked back the President, and later confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Director of the United States Marshals Service (USMS). As Director she was responsible for approximately 5 billion dollars of appropriated funds and assets, oversaw 12,000 employees, sworn task officers and security guards responsible for the apprehension of violent fugitives and sex offenders, protection of the Federal judiciary, witnesses and prisoners nationwide.
Ms. Hylton, began her law enforcement career with the United States Marshals Service in 1980 and progressively moved from the positon of Deputy U.S. Marshal into senior management positions such as, Chief Deputy for the District of South Carolina, the Assistant Director of Judicial Security, Prisoner Operations to Acting Deputy Director for the agency in 2001 prior to her first appointment.
Early on in her career Ms. Hylton competed for a spot on the U.S. Marshals Service’s Special Operations Group and was one of a few Deputy Marshals who completed the rigorous training and selection process where she served from 1983 – 1993. She was a member of the Special Ops Search and Rescue Dive Team, Counter-surveillance Team and later was selected as the Agency’s Emergency Response Incident Commander. She has led high-visibility investigative and protective operations, coordinated national emergency responses for events, such as, the Vieques bombing exercises, Hurricane Katrina, Ground Zero, the Oklahoma City and World Trade Center Bombing Trials. She was the lead instructor at the U.S. Marshals Academy on Kinesics Interviewing and Interrogation techniques and the Agency’s Deciding Official on all discipline matters.
Through her time as Director she was responsible for developing and deploying innovative safety and medical training along with cutting edge equipment across the agency to address the unprecedented occurrence of in line duty deaths, which resulted in life saving measures preventing the loss of life during apprehensions. During Ms. Hylton’s tenure the agency was successful in apprehending over a 550, 000 violent and dangerous fugitives and sex offenders to include the capture of Eric Frein, convicted for the murder of a Pa. State Trooper in 2014 by the USMS Special Operations Group. She also was responsible for securing and supporting a response to other notable national event, such as, 2011 Tucson shooting, Navy Yard shooting and critical support to the DEA that led to the capture and return of notorious drug lord El Chapo.
Ms. Hylton attended Northeastern University on a full athletic scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She served on the Executive Committee of the International Chiefs of Police, Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, currently serves as a Fellow for the National Academy of Public Administration and remains a leader and advocate for Officer Safety, serving on The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Destination Zero Committee.
Ms. Hylton has been the recipient of a number of awards, to include the recipient of the United States President’s Meritorious Service Award and the Attorney General’s Edmund Randolph Award for Distinguished Service and currently resides in Daniel Island SC.