LEADERSHIP


The mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to support and protect the U.S. Postal Service® and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce the laws that defend the nation’s mail system from illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in mail.

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Gary R. Barksdale
CHIEF POSTAL INSPECTOR
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

Gary R. Barksdale was appointed Chief Postal Inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in March 2019. In his role, Barksdale oversees all operations of the Postal Inspection Service, which includes its national headquarters, 17 field divisions, two service centers and a national forensic laboratory which are staffed by Postal Inspectors, Postal Police Officers and Professional, Technical and Administrative staff. Chief Barksdale is also the chairman of the Universal Postal Union’s Postal Security Group. He reports to the Postmaster General.

Prior to his appointment, Chief Barksdale served three years as Deputy Chief Inspector at National Headquarters. He was responsible for several of the Postal Inspection Service’s functional areas: Criminal Investigations; Communications, Governance and Strategy; Security; and Contraband Interdiction and Investigations. He was instrumental in leading the agency’s strategic planning and its responses to critical incidents; driving its strategies to enhance drug interdictions; and representing the Postal Inspection Service before Congress.

Chief Barksdale began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he served for seven years, including four years as a detective. In 1999, Barksdale was appointed as a United States Postal Inspector. During his career, he has served in the Los Angeles, Houston and Phoenix Divisions, where he conducted numerous criminal investigations of identity theft, mail theft, robbery and assaults. Barksdale has held several executive leadership positions within the Postal Inspection Service, prior to his current appointment.

Chief Barksdale received a Bachelor of Science degree 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).

As the primary law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a highly specialized, professional organization performing investigative and security functions essential to a stable and sound postal system.

  • PATRICIA A. ARMSTRONG

    Tony Gomez PicturePatricia A. Armstrong
    ACTING DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR
    Analytics, Communications, Strategy, and Investigations

    Patricia Armstrong has 34 years of federal service, including over 17 years in law enforcement with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

    As Inspector in Charge of the Detroit Division, she is responsible for leading a division that consists of six offices, with an authorized complement of 90 personnel, including Inspectors, Postal Police Officers, and Professional, Technical, and Administrative staff.  The Detroit Division covers the territory of Michigan and Indiana.

    Prior to her assignment to Detroit, Patricia was Assistant Inspector in Charge, Security and Crime Prevention, National Headquarters.  Her primary responsibilities included Physical and Transportation Security, Postal Police Officers, Dangerous Mail Investigations, Technical Services Unit, and National Security.

    She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Arizona State University and began her law enforcement career as a Postal Inspector in Phoenix, Arizona.  Her Inspection Service assignments included Mail Theft, Financial Investigations, Revenue Fraud, and Mail Fraud.  She also served as the division’s Public Information Officer.  Patricia was the Team Leader for the Phoenix Security/Salt Lake City Multi-functional Team before relocating to Washington, DC.

  • DAVID G. BOWERS

    Dave Bowers PictureDavid G. Bowers
    DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR
    Security, Forensic, and Development

    Deputy Chief Inspector David Bowers is responsible for the Career Development Unit, Forensic Lab, and Domestic and Global Security at U.S. Postal Inspection Service National Headquarters in Washington D.C. He joined the United States Postal Service in 1987 as an Industrial Engineer and became a Postal Inspector in 1998.

    In the past, DCI Bowers played a significant role in the federal government’s investigation into the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, including two postal employees, and sickened 17 others just one month after the 9/11 attacks. He was instrumental in helping the Postal Inspection Service design a high-tech, rapid response to dangerous substances found in the mail.

    DCI Bowers also served as the security officer for the United Nation’s specialized agency in Berne Switzerland, which oversees the world’s handling of international mail. Before being assigned to Postal Headquarters, he held management positions in the Postal Inspection Service’s New York and Washington D.C. field offices.

  • MARIA L. KELOKATES

    Maria Kelokates PictureMaria L. Kelokates
    DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR
    Eastern Field Operations

    Maria L. Kelokates has over 33 years of federal service, of which 26 years have been in federal law enforcement with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

    Maria L. Kelokates started her career with the United States Postal Service in February 1986 as Rural Carrier Relief in Flemington, NJ. In 1993 she received her appointment as a U.S. Postal Inspector and was first assigned to the New York Division.

    During her tenure as Postal Inspector, she worked numerous criminal assignments, including Internal Crimes, Prohibited Mailings Investigations, Money Laundering, and Fraudulent Workers Compensation Investigations. In December 2001, she was promoted to Team Leader in the New York Division, and over the next several years she supervised various teams including: Assaults, Internal Crimes, External Crimes, Mail Theft, Money Laundering, and the Intelligence Team.

    In August 2010, Inspector Kelokates was promoted to the position of Assistant Inspector in Charge, Newark Division and was appointed Inspector in Charge for the Newark Division in April 2013. As Inspector in Charge, she had supervisory responsibility for all Postal Inspection Service investigations and Postal Police Security Force operations in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    From January through August 2016, Inspector Kelokates was assigned as Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division, one of the largest field offices within the Postal Inspection Service. In this capacity, she held supervisory responsibility for Inspection Service investigations and Postal Police Security Force operations throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, and much of Virginia.

    In December 2016, Inspector Kelokates served as Deputy Chief Inspector, National Headquarters, with strategic oversight of our Career Development Unit, Forensic Laboratory Services, and our Cyber and Analytics Groups.   Since October 2018, DCI Kelokates has strategic and operational management of our Eastern Field Operations, overseeing eight field Divisions and over 1,200 Postal Inspectors, Postal Police Officers, and professional, technical, and administrative personnel.

    DCI Kelokates holds a Bachelor of Science from Trenton State College.  She has completed USPS and USPIS Executive Leadership courses, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the International Association of Financial Crimes (IAFCI).

  • ROBERT B. WEMYSS

    Robert Wemyss PictureRobert B. Wemyss
    DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR
    Western Field Operations

    Inspector Wemyss, a 19-year veteran of the Postal Inspection Service, has served in several management positions since he started his career in Stockton, CA. He was first promoted to Team Leader, Washington Division, in 2006. Inspector Wemyss served as an Assistant Inspector in Charge in the Houston and Washington Divisions before he was promoted to Inspector in Charge. He served as the Inspector in Charge in the Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington Divisions before being promoted to the Deputy Chief position.

    As the Deputy Chief for Western Field Operations, Inspector Wemyss is responsible for the strategic and operational management of an authorized complement of 1,041 individuals, comprising Inspectors, Postal Police, and professional, technical, and administrative personnel.

    Inspector Wemyss was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University. He has completed USPS and USPIS Executive Leadership courses. Inspector Wemyss also served in the United States Army as an active duty Military Police Officer for three years before joining the Postal Inspection Service.

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