Melanie Stinnett is become Deputy Chief Counsel of ATF. Prior to this she served as Assistant Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations and as Assistant Director of the Office of Management and chief financial officer from January 2006 to May 2010. Stinnett began her career with ATF as a staff attorney in the Office of the Division Counsel, Philadelphia, in 1983, a year after earning her doctor of jurisprudence degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington. From 1987-1991, she served as senior attorney in charge in the Philadelphia office before becoming the assistant chief counsel there and later in New York. She came to Washington in 1998 as senior counsel for field operations. Two years later, she became the acting deputy chief counsel and in 2002 the deputy chief counsel and a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Stinnett, a native of Washington, Ill., received a degree in history, magna cum laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1979 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national honors organization.