Memphis Commercial Appeal: President Trump appoints Michael Dunavant as U.S. attorney for Western Tennessee

Posted on June 15, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated Michael Dunavant to serve as U.S. attorney for Western Tennessee.

If confirmed by the Senate, Dunavant would be the chief law-enforcement officer for the 22 counties that make up the state’s Western judicial district, which includes Memphis and the surrounding area.

He would replace Lawrence J. Laurenzi, who was named acting U.S. attorney after Edward Stanton III resigned at the end of February.

Dunavant was one of eight people that Trump appointed U.S. attorney posts across the country late Monday.

“The United States Attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her federal judicial district,” the White House said. “These candidates share the president’s vision for ‘Making America Safe Again.’”

Dunavant did not return a reporter's call seeking comment.

But two weeks ago, he tweeted a photo of himself with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and wrote: "What an honor to meet with the Attorney General of the United States, to talk about proven ways to address violent crime & drugs in West TN."