Jeffrey Sloman, a Miami native with 25 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and trial lawyer, has a new title: acting U.S. attorney.
Sloman, 50, officially replaces outgoing U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta on Saturday. Acosta, appointed to the post by President George W. Bush in 2005, was recently chosen as the dean of Florida International University's law school.
Sloman takes over one of the nation's busiest federal districts, prosecuting thousands of white-collar fraud, drug-trafficking and human-smuggling cases.
The Southern District office, stretching from Key West to Fort Pierce, has 284 prosecutors.
Sloman, who previously served as Acosta's first assistant and as chief of the criminal division, will stay on the job as acting U.S. attorney until President Obama picks a permanent replacement.
Sloman, a graduate of the University of Florida and University of Miami School of Law, has applied for the permanent position along with other applicants.