July 18, 1983

The President today announced his intention to nominate Edmund DeJarnette, of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to the Central African Republic. He would succeed Arthur H. Woodruff.

Mr. DeJarnette served in the United States Coast Guard in 1960. In 1964 he was appointed to the Foreign Service and was Foreign Service officer general in Niamey in 1965 - 1967. In 1968 he resigned to become State campaign coordinator of the Pollard for Governor campaign in Richmond, Va., and was fundraiser in the Capital Development Office of Randolph-Macon College in Richmond in 1969 - 1970.

In 1970 he was reappointed to the Foreign Service as Peace Corps Deputy Director for Ecuador in Quito (1970 - 1972), for Latin America in Washington (1972 - 1973), and in Quito, Ecuador (1973 - 1975). In 1975 - 1977 he was Deputy Chief of Mission in Libreville. He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1977 - 1978. In the Department he was personnel officer of the Office of Performance Evaluation in the Bureau of Personnel in 1978 - 1980. Since 1980 he has been Deputy Chief of Mission in Dakar.

Mr. DeJarnette graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A., 1959; LL.B., 1963) and George Washington University (M.S., 1978). His foreign languages are French, Spanish, and Portuguese. He was born January 15, 1938, in Richmond, Va.