May 7, 1987 The President today announced his intention to nominate James H. Michel, of Virginia, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Guatemala. He would succeed Alberto Martinez Piedra.
Mr. Michel was employed as a clerk and fingerprint technician at the metropolitan police department in St. Louis, MO, 1958 - 1965. He joined the Department of State in 1965 and first served as attorney - adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser until 1971, when he was named Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser. In 1973 Mr. Michel became Assistant Legal Adviser, and in 1977 Deputy Legal Adviser. Since 1983 Mr. Michel has been Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
Mr. Michel graduated from St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 1965). He was born August 25, 1939, in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Michel is married, has four children, and resides in Falls Church, VA.