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For Immediate Release

September 30, 2021 U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Ronald L. Davis Sworn in as Director of U.S. Marshals Service

Director Ronald L. DavisWashington, 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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