Middle District of Georgia |  US Attorney Peter D. Leary takes oath of office at community investiture ceremony

MACON, Ga. — US Attorney Peter D. Leary took the oath of office at a formal investiture ceremony attended by the congregation this afternoon at the William Augustus Bootle Federal Building and the US Courthouse in Macon.

Approximately 150 community members, law enforcement officials, judges and civil society leaders attended today’s investiture ceremony honoring US Attorney Leary, who was officially sworn in as a President-appointed and Senate-appointed US Attorney on December 12, 2022 act. Today’s investiture is a traditional ceremonial event attended by Mr Leary’s family, colleagues, members of the court, and religious and civic groups.

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to serve the people of central Georgia,” said US Attorney Peter D. Leary. “There is still work to be done to curb violent crime and ensure equal justice for all. Our office is wholeheartedly committed to these goals with our law enforcement and community partners.”

The investiture ceremony, which began at 2:30 p.m. today in Courtroom One, was opened by Chief US District Judge Marc Treadwell and included an introduction by the justice officials present representing the US District Court, the US Magistrates Court and the US Bankruptcy Court in the Middle Representing District Georgia: Justice Leslie Abrams Gardner, Justice Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III, Chief Justice Hugh Lawson, Justice Charles H. Weigle, Chief Justice Austin E. Carter and Justice James P. Smith.

Reverend Arthur W. Villarreal of the Atlanta Episcopal Diocese delivered the invocation. Presenting the colors were Mr. Leary’s daughter, Fiona Leary, and Sophie Leigh of the Girl Scouts of America, Historic Georgia Council, Troop 60043 and Carter Sparks of the Boy Scouts of America, Central Georgia Council, Troop 10. Mr Leary’s daughter, Bea Leary, conducted the Pledge of Allegiance and his son, Declan Leary, performed a fiddle rendition of the national anthem.

Ryan KJ Dickey, Senior Counsel for the Justice Department, and Brian P. Adams, Attorney for the Adams Law Firm, provided comments. The Honorable Hugh Lawson administered the oath of office to Mr. Leary while his wife, Bridget Leary, held the family Bible. Her son, William Bere Leary, read an extract from Berger v. the United States.

For more information about Mr. Leary, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdga/meet-us-attorney.