Acting Chief Postal Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Gary Barksdale was appointed Acting Chief Postal Inspector for the United States Postal Inspection Service in December 2018. In this role, he oversees all operations of the Postal Inspection Service, which includes its National Headquarters, 17 field divisions, two service centers, and a national forensic laboratory. The installations are staffed by over 1,200 postal inspectors, more than 550 postal police officers, and nearly 600 support personnel. He is also the chairman of the Universal Postal Union’s Postal Security Group. He reports to the Postmaster General.
Before his appointment, Barksdale served 3 years as Deputy Chief Inspector at national headquarters. He was responsible for several of the Postal Inspection Service’s functional areas, including Criminal Investigations; Communications, Governance and Strategy; and Security. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP®), considered worldwide as the “gold standard” certification for security management professionals.
Barksdale began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Chesapeake, VA, where he served for 7 years, including 4 years as a detective. In 1999, Barksdale was appointed as a United States Postal Inspector. Since then, he has served in the Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, and Washington Divisions, and at National Headquarters. During his tenure as a Postal Inspector, he conducted numerous criminal investigations of identity theft, mail theft, robbery, and assaults. Barksdale has also held several executive leadership positions within the Postal Inspection Service.
Barksdale received a bachelor of science from Old Dominion University. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI).
Latest update: January 2019