Gary Barksdale is Chief Postal Inspector for the US Postal Inspection Service at their National Headquarters. He recently assumed this role in March of 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities
As Chief Postal Inspector, Barksdale reports directly to Megan Brennan. His main duty is to oversee all the operations of USPS’ Inspection Service, which include its National Headquarters, 17 field divisions, 2 service centers, and a national forensic lab. He also serves as Chairman of the Universal Postal Union’s Postal Security Group. On a broad level, Gary Barksdale is the guy who helps keep our mail safe!
Gary Barksdale’s Background
Barksdale graduated from Old Dominion University and began his career in law enforcement. He served as a police officer in Chesapeake, Virginia for 7 years, of which he spent 4 as a detective. In 1999, he became a postal inspector and worked in a variety of areas, such as Los Angeles, Houston, and Phoenix. Before he became Chief Postal Inspector, Barksdale spent 3 years as deputy chief inspector at the National Headquarters. There, he oversaw Criminal Investigations, Communications, Governance and Strategy/Security, and Contraband Interdiction and Investigations.
Gary Barksdale is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.