Randy Ely began his term as the 25th United States Marshal for the Northern
District of Texas on May 31, 2002. During his tenure with the Marshals Service,
he served as chair of the Director’s Advisory Committee (DAC) for Ben Reyna, a
prior Director of the US Marshals Service. The DAC worked to problem solve
agency-wide issues and also examined the viability of recommended program
changes in other areas. Randy also served on the Adam Walsh Child Protection and
Safety Act Committee, where he assisted in the development of national standards
dealing with sex offender investigations and the subsequent media campaign to
inform the public.
Marshal Ely is responsible for the safety and security of 30 federal judges in his jurisdiction, which spans across over 100 counties and 7 federal court cities. He and his staff manage an inmate population awaiting trial and are responsible for the movements of these same individuals to and from proceedings before the court. The US Marshals Service office in North Texas also has a very active Asset Forfeiture unit, which manages millions of dollars in seized assets awaiting final outcome in forfeiture proceedings.
Randy also helped to establish the US Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force, formerly known as DFW FAST, in January 2004. The Fugitive Task Force has arrested over 10,000 fugitive felons, many with a history of violence. The group works closely with law enforcement officials on the local, county, state, and federal level to help them locate and arrest dangerous fugitives.
Prior to joining the US Marshals Service, Randy spent well over 31 years at the Fort Worth Police Department where he retired as a Deputy Chief. While at Fort Worth, he worked in most every major area of the department. His command responsibilities included two separate community policing districts, of which both had Weed and Seed sites, as well as SWAT, Narcotics, Gangs, School Security, Traffic, Criminal Investigations, Communications, Crime Lab, Property, and the Auto Pound. He also served as Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police and at one point early in his career worked as an undercover narcotics officer. Randy was twice named Command Officer of the year at the organizations Public Safety Banquet and once as Officer of the Year by a local American Legion Post.
He served as President of the 5,000 member Texas Police Association (TPA), as well as President of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), with a membership in excess of 13,500. The FBINAA has enjoyed a worldwide influence with its members residing in over 125 different countries. As President in 2000, Randy represented the United States in a historic public safety unification conference in Dublin Ireland and Belfast Northern Ireland.
Having served in the public safety field for well over 41 years, Randy has devoted the entirety of his life to making our communities a safer place in which to live, work, and play.
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