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U.S. Marshals Service

David Harlow

David L. Harlow

Acting Director
United States Marshals Service

David Harlow became the Acting Director of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) on July 26, 2015, following more than 30 years of dedicated service in the Agency. He leads the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, responsible for federal judicial security, fugitive apprehension, witness security, asset forfeiture, and prisoner operations.

Acting Director Harlow was previously the Agency’s Deputy Director. When named to that position in February 2014, he focused on ensuring accountability and excellence, and bringing about successful organizational change.

From 2012 to 2014, Acting Director Harlow was the Associate Director for Operations, managing the USMS Operational Directorate, which includes Investigative Operations, Judicial Security, Witness Security, Tactical Operations, Prisoner Operations, and the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System.

In May 2012, Acting Director Harlow was promoted to the Senior Executive Service when he was selected as the Assistant Director of the Investigative Operations Division (IOD), overseeing the Agency’s extensive fugitive investigations mission. Prior to assuming the position, he was the Acting Deputy Assistant Director of IOD for approximately one year.

Acting Director Harlow served as Chief of the Sex Offender Investigations Branch from 2008 to 2011, overseeing the development and deployment of the Agency’s newest investigative program, the Sex Offender Apprehension Program. He also oversaw the interagency National Sex Offender Targeting Center and developed the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist with prioritizing and targeting non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders.

Before arriving at USMS Headquarters, Acting Director Harlow was the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal (CDUSM) for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, he was CDUSM for the Northern District of Ohio, where he served from the time he joined the USMS as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1983 until 2007. He made numerous contributions to Northern Ohio over the years, including serving as Commander of Operation FALCON 2007, serving as Deputy Commander of Operation FALCON III, developing the first cooperative fugitive apprehension team consisting of multiple law enforcement agencies in the Toledo area, and overseeing the development of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

Throughout his career, Acting Director Harlow has received numerous awards, including Attorney General’s Awards, Director’s Awards, and several other special act and performance awards. He is also an active member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Acting Director Harlow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Sean and Brian. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice