David L. Harlow
United States Marshals Service
David Harlow heads 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. He served as Acting Director of the U.S. Marshals Service
(USMS) from July 26, 2015, until February 20, 2016, at which time that
title expired in accordance with the Vacancies Reform Act. Per the
Attorney General’s request, he continues to lead the USMS as Deputy
Director for the duration of this Administration.
Mr. Harlow was originally selected as Deputy Director in February 2014.
At that time, he supported the Director by ensuring accountability and
excellence, and implementing successful organizational change. From 2012
to 2014, Deputy 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
In May 2012, Deputy 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.
Deputy Director Harlow served as Chief of the Sex Offender
Investigations Branch from 2008 to 2011, overseeing the development and
deployment of the Agency’s 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, Deputy 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, including serving as Commander of Operation FALCON
2007, serving as Deputy Commander of Operation FALCON III,
developing Toledo’s first cooperative fugitive apprehension team
consisting of multiple law enforcement agencies, and overseeing the
development of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Throughout his 30-year Marshals Service career, Deputy Director Harlow
has received numerous accolades, including Attorney General’s Awards,
Director’s Awards, and several special act and performance awards. He is
also a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.
Deputy 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.