Nominations, May 22, 1981

Nomination of Ernest Henry Preeg To Be United States Ambassador to Haiti

May 22, 1981

The President today announced his intention to nominate Ernest Henry Preeg, of Virginia, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to Haiti. He would succeed Henry L. Kimelman, who has resigned.

Mr. Preeg was a Merchant Marine officer with the American Export Lines of Hoboken, N.J., in 1956 - 61, and lecturer in economics at Brooklyn College in 1962 - 63.

He entered the Foreign Service in 1963 as international economist in the Department of State. In 1968 - 69 he was economic officer in London. He was international relations officer in the Department in 1969 - 72 and attended economic studies at the National Planning Association in 1972 - 73. In the Department, he was Director of the Office of OECD, European Community and Atlantic Political-Economic Affairs (1973 - 76), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development (1976 - 77). In 1977 he was on detail to the White House as Executive Director of the Economic Policy Group. In 1977 - 80 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Lima. Since 1980 he has been senior adviser on Jamaica.

Mr. Preeg was born July 5, 1934, in Englewood, N.J. He received his B.S. (1956) from New York State Maritime College; M.A. (1961) and Ph. D. (1964) from the New School for Social Research. He is married to the former Florence Tate and has one daughter.

Nomination of Three Associate Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

May 22, 1981

The President today announced the nominations of Reggie Barnett Walton, Richard Stephen Salzman, and Warren Roger (Willie) King to be Associate Judges of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, each for a term of 15 years.

Reggie Walton was nominated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge Leonard Braman. Mr. Walton served in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps while attending West Virginia State College, where he received a B.A. degree in 1971. His J.D. degree was awarded by American University, Washington College of Law, in 1974. On January 8, 1975, Mr. Walton was admitted to the D.C. Bar and, thereafter, was employed as a staff attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Appellate Division. Since March 1976, he has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. From June 1979 until July 1980, he held the title, Chief, Career Criminal Unit, and currently is the Executive Assistant United States Attorney, the third highest ranking position in that office of over 160 attorneys. Mr. Walton was born in North Charlerio, Pa., on February 8, 1949, and resides in Washington, D.C.

Richard Salzman was nominated to fill the position of retiring Associate Judge William S. Thompson. Mr. Salzman graduated from Columbia University (A.B., 1954; LL. B., 1959) and actively served in the U.S. Navy before entering law school. He has been admitted to both the New York and D.C. Bads. From 1959 until 1960, he clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a position which is now referred to as Clerk to the Court. In 1960 he became associated with the New York firm of Hays, Sklar & Herzberg (now Botein, Hays, Sklar & Herzberg). He left in 1962 for employment as a trial attorney in the Civil Division, Appellate Section of the Justice Department. In 1967 he became Assistant Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration and returned to private practice in 1970 with the D.C. firm of Kominers, Fort, Schlefer and Boyer. Since 1974 he has served as Administrative Judge and member of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Appeal Panel, Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Salzman was born in New York City on April 6, 1933. He and his wife, Lois, reside in Washington, D.C.

Willie King was nominated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge Fred L. McIntyre. Mr. King served in the U.S. Navy on active duty and in the reserves from 1960 until 1974. He received a bachelor of aeronautical engineering degree in 1960 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a J.D. degree from American University, Washington College of Law, in 1967. He was admitted to the D.C. Bar on February 29, 1968, and received an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School in 1969. From 1969 until 1975, Mr. King practiced law as an Assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, the last 5 years of which were served exclusively in the D.C. Superior Court. He left to become a law professor at Antioch School of Law in Washington, where he remained for 3 years. Mr. King returned to government service in October 1977 at the Justice Department as an attorney-adviser. He served on the Attorney General's task force on the new code of ethics promulgated by the Kutak Commission and is currently the chairman of the Justice Department Committee on Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Mr. King was born on May 9, 1937, in Takoma Park, Md., and he and his wife, Joyce, reside in Washington, D.C.