DC – On September 27, Ronald L. Davis was sworn in by U.S.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland as the 12th Director of the United
States Marshals Service following confirmation by unanimous consent of
the U.S. Senate.
As the leader of America’s oldest federal law
enforcement agency, Mr. Davis leads more than 5,000 operational and
administrative employees, spanning 94 federal judicial districts, 218
domestic offices, and four foreign field offices. He is responsible for
federal judicial security, fugitive apprehension, witness security,
asset forfeiture, and prisoner operations.
“It is my great honor
to lead the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service who
work tirelessly and selflessly every day protecting America’s system of
justice, our communities and the American people,” said Director Davis.
From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Davis served in the administration of
President Barack Obama as the director of the U.S. Department of
Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), where he
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, then-President Obama appointed him
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 served more than 28 years in law enforcement in
California. In 1985, he joined the Oakland Police Department, and worked
a variety of duties, including specialized enforcement units, SWAT team
leader, police academy director, criminal investigations commander, area
commander, and inspector general. In 2005, Mr. Davis became police chief
for the East Palo Alto Police Department and held that position for more
than eight years. As police chief, he worked collaboratively with the
community to improve public trust, enhance organizational
accountability, and dramatically reduce crime and violence in the city.
Mr. Davis possesses a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois
University and completed the Senior Executives in State and Local
Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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