McKenzie Cole is the United States Attorney for the
of North Carolina which encompasses 44 of the state's
100 counties, covering the area from Raleigh to the
coast. She received her bachelor of science degree with
highest honors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
part of the City University of New York. She also has
a masters degree in public administration from John
Jay. She received her law degree from Fordham University
Ms. Cole, a native New Yorker, is a former New York
City police officer, and was in one of the first groups
of female police officers assigned to patrol the streets
in high crime areas. Upon her completion of law school,
Ms. Cole served as an Assistant United States Attorney
in the Eastern District of New York.
In 1983 she moved to a rural community in North Carolina
and started a private practice. Seven years later she
was elected to serve as a state District Court Judge.
She was the first black and first woman to serve as
a judge in that district. She held that position until
she was sworn in as the United States Attorney in February,
Ms. Cole is married to J. Carlton Cole, a District Court
Judge for North Carolina's First Judicial District.
They reside in Hertford, North Carolina.