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For Immediate Release

November 17, 2012 Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Names New Associate Director for Operations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton today announced the selection of David Harlow as the associate director for operations, with direct oversight of all USMS operational programs, including judicial security, investigative operations, witness security, prisoner operations, the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System and tactical operations. Most recently Harlow was the assistant director of the Investigative Operations Division.

Prior to his selection to senior executive service, Harlow was the acting deputy assistant director of IOD. He served as chief of the USMS Sex Offender Investigations Branch, overseeing the development and deployment of the Sex Offender Apprehension Program, including national sex offender special apprehension initiatives that focused USMS resources on noncompliant and fugitive sex offenders. He also oversaw the National Sex Offender Targeting Center, an interagency intelligence and operations center, and was responsible for the development of the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit within the NSOTC to assist with the prioritization and targeting of noncompliant and fugitive sex offenders and the safeguarding of USMS employees.

“Dave will provide valuable insight and oversight to each of our operational programs charged with making a safer America,” said Stacia Hylton, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “His extensive experience as a chief deputy and in numerous leadership positions at headquarters will serve the Marshals Service in his new role as associate director for operations.”

Harlow began his USMS career in 1983 as a deputy U.S. marshal in the Northern District of Ohio, following graduation from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration. He was promoted to supervisory deputy U.S. marshal in Toledo, Ohio, where he oversaw operations in 21 northwest Ohio counties. During this time, he developed the first cooperative fugitive apprehension team consisting of multiple law enforcement agencies in the Toledo Metropolitan area. Later, Harlow was promoted to the position of chief deputy for the Northern District of Ohio and assigned to the Cleveland office. As the senior career manager in the district, he was responsible for USMS activities in Ohio’s 40 northern counties. Additionally, he oversaw the development of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force and served as task force commander, overseeing the operations and managing the budgets for four core cities.

Following his service in Northern Ohio, Harlow transferred to the Eastern District of Virginia, where he served as chief deputy U.S. marshal in Alexandria. As a member of the USMS Chief Investigators Advisory Board, Harlow also was selected to be the deputy commander of Operation FALCON III and Commander of Operation FALCON 2007. Harlow has served on the Compliance Review Team, Curriculum Review Committee, and Financial Management Steering Committee, and has been a subject matter expert on several human resources committees.

“The Marshals Service is the most nimble federal law enforcement agency in the country, with myriad responsibilities and a proud history,” Harlow said. “It’s an honor to lead such dedicated professionals with a mission of protecting the federal judiciary and making our communities safer.”

Throughout his career with the USMS, Harlow has received numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement, the Attorney General’s Special Achievement Award, the Director’s Leadership Beyond the Standard Award, the Director’s Distinguished Group Award and several other special act and performance awards. He is an active member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Harlow is married and has two sons.

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