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U.S. Marshals Service

Ronald L. Davis - Director

Director Ronald L. Davis



The Honorable Ronald L. Davis was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden to lead the United States Marshals Service on April 12, 2021. The United States Senate confirmed his nomination on September 22, 2021, and Mr. Davis was sworn in as the 12th Director of the Marshals Service on September 27, 2021. As the leader of America’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, Mr. Davis leads more than 5,000 operational and administrative employees, spanning 94 judicial districts, 218 domestic offices, and four foreign field offices. Mr. Davis is also responsible for federal judicial security (including oversight of more than 5,000 contract court security officers), fugitive apprehension, witness security, asset forfeiture, and prisoner operations.

From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Davis served in the Obama Administration as the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). In this capacity, Mr. Davis was responsible for working with the over 16,000 local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States to advance community policing. In December 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Davis to serve as the Executive Director of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing charged with developing concrete recommendations to improve community trust in the police while enhancing public safety.

Mr. Davis has served more than 28 years in law enforcement starting in 1985 with the Oakland, California, Police Department. In Oakland, Mr. Davis worked in various assignments including specialized enforcement units, SWAT team leader, police academy director, criminal investigations commander, Area commander, and Inspector General of the Department. Mr. Davis became Police Chief for the City of East Palo Alto, California, in 2005, and held that position for more than 8 years. As Police Chief, Mr. Davis worked collaboratively with the community to improve public trust, enhance organizational accountability, and dramatically reduce crime and violence in a city once named the murder capital of the United States.

Mr. Davis possesses a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and has completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
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