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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

FY 06-02

Contacts: Andrew L. Lluberes/Sheree L.Mixell


For Immediate Release

Jan. 17, 2006




WASHINGTON – Melanie S. Stinnett, who has spent more than 22 years as an attorney with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will become ATF's Assistant Director of Management and Chief Financial Officer effective Jan. 22.

In her new position, Stinnett, 48, will plan and execute all the management support programs of the Bureau, including financial management, personnel and position management, contracting and procurement, program measurement and improvement, administrative management and facilities management. She has been Deputy Chief Counsel in the Office of the Chief Counsel since April 2002, with responsibility for planning and executing the management, personnel and financial operations of that ATF directorate.

“Melanie Stinnett’s up-through-the-ranks experience and knowledge of the Bureau and its financial and legal operations will serve her and all of us well,” said ATF Director Carl J. Truscott. “Her colleagues on the Executive Staff and I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Stinnett began her career with ATF as a staff attorney in the Office of the Division Counsel, Philadelphia, in 1983, a year after earning her doctor of jurisprudence degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington. From 1987-1991, she served as senior attorney in charge in the Philadelphia office before becoming the assistant chief counsel there and later in New York.

She came to Washington in 1998 as senior counsel for field operations. Two years later, she became the acting deputy chief counsel and in 2002 the deputy chief counsel and a career member of the Senior Executive Service.

Stinnett, a native of Washington, Ill., received a degree in history, magna cum laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1979 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national honors organization. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1982.