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U.S. Marshals Service

District of Arizona

United States Marshal - David Gonzales


U.S. Marshal David Gonzales

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales

Appointed U.S. Marshal by President George W. Bush. His appointment was recommended by Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl.

Before his appointment as the U.S. Marshal, David Gonzales' prior experience was with:

Arizona Department of Public Safety - Phoenix, AZ
Commander, Chief of Staff - August 1995 to April 2002

Managed the operations of the Criminal Investigation Division. The Division was comprised of 350 detectives assigned statewide to the following units: Narcotics, Organized Crime, Gang Enforcement, Auto Theft, Intelligence, Special Operations (SWAT, canine, bomb disposal) and Governor Protection. The annual operating budget for the division was $17 Million.

Coordinated the handling of criminal issues throughout the State of Arizona and managed investigations using available resources, personnel and budget. Was also the liaison between the Department and the legislative and executive branches of government for issues affecting the Department’s criminal justice activities. Testified before the legislature on matters of concern to the Department.

Began career as a “beat” officer, became an undercover officer then moved up the ranks to assume command responsibilities for both the Organized Crime Bureau and the State Gang Task Force. Recognized nationally as an expert in the operation of multi-agency task forces, community and law enforcement activities to identify and reduce street gangs and identifying and investigating money laundering activities arising from criminal enterprises.

Professional Activities

  • Executive Fellow - FBI, Washington, DC (1996) - top secret security clearance.
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Federal Street Gang Legislation.
  • Interim Chief of Police in City of South Tucson and in Bullhead City, Arizona.
  • Member of Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission.
  • Member of Arizona Drug and Gang Policy.
  • Member of Arizona Latino Police Officer Association.
  • Member of Arizona Highway Patrol Association.
  • Member of International Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • Member of Arizona Chiefs of Police.
  • Member of International Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association.

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, Camp Fire Boys and Girls
  • Board of Trustees, All Saints Episcopal Day School
  • Valley Leadership, Class XX
  • Arizona Town Hall
  • Junior Warden, All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Board of Directors, Project Prime, an ASU Project designed to prepare minority students for college.


  • February 2001 - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government - Executives in State and Local Government Program.
  • 1995 - Executive Development Graduate Program, University of Southern California, Pasadena, California.
  • 1997 - BS in Public Administration - University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice