Gary Barksdale was appointed chief postal inspector for the United States Postal Inspection Service in March 2019. In this role, he oversees all operations of the Inspection Service, which includes its National Headquarters, 17 field divisions, two service centers and a national forensic laboratory. He is also the chairman of the Universal Postal Union’s Postal Security Group.
Before his appointment, Gary 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; and Contraband Interdiction and Investigations. Gary began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Chesapeake, VA, where he served for 7 years, including 4 years as a detective.
Gary received a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.