Director John Clark
John F. Clark was sworn in as the ninth Director of the United States
Marshals Service (USMS) on March 17, 2006. He is the first career Deputy
U.S. Marshal appointed as Director.
Under Mr. Clark’s leadership, USMS resources have increased forty percent
and are used to combat violent crime, especially crimes against children,
and to support programs that emphasize both enforcement and prevention. Mr.
Clark oversees a national violent crime reduction strategy that has
dramatically strengthened USMS partnerships with state, local, and tribal
law enforcement, leading to hundreds of thousands of arrests of violent
fugitives, including violent and repeat sex offenders and gang members.
Mr. Clark has made it a top priority to strengthen the ability of the USMS
to protect the Judiciary and ensure a free and open judicial process. In
2008 he opened the USMS Threat Management Center to investigate and analyze
threats to the Judiciary.
Mr. Clark received the “Director of the Year” award from the Federal Law
Enforcement Officers Association in 2007. He serves on the Board of
Directors of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and on
the Executive Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of
Prior to his appointment as Director, Mr. Clark held other key leadership
positions within the USMS. He was a member of the agency’s Special
Operations Group, a unit that is trained and equipped to deploy in high-risk
law enforcement missions, and served as both Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal and
United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Clark is
married and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse