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

Gary R. Barksdale was appointed Chief Postal Inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in March 2019. 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. 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 as 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, 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.

Also during his time as Deputy Chief Inspector, Barksdale led the Postal Inspection Service fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic through the newly formed Contraband Interdiction and Investigations Group (CI2), which drives agency strategies to enhance drug interdictions. He was also instrumental in leading the Postal Inspection Service’s strategic planning, managing its responses to critical incidents, and representing the agency 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. Since then, he has served in the Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, and Washington Divisions, as well as 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.

Chief 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 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.


    Tony Gomez PicturePatricia A. Armstrong
    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.


    Dave Bowers PictureDavid G. Bowers
    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.


    Craig Goldberg PictureCraig Goldberg
    Eastern Field Operations

    Craig Goldberg has 16 years of experience in the Postal Service; all of which have been in federal law enforcement as a Postal Inspector. He was appointed Acting Deputy Chief Inspector of Eastern Field Operations January 2020, where he has strategic and operational management of eight field Divisions.

    Inspector Goldberg started his career in 2004 as a Postal Inspector in the San Francisco Division, where he received the Chief Inspector Award for leading a major mail theft investigation. He then transferred to the Denver Division in 2008 and was promoted to Team Leader in 2011. In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Inspector in Charge, and in 2015, he was appointed Inspector in Charge. In August 2018, he was reassigned as Inspector in Charge of the Chicago Division, where he currently serves.

    He has participated in several national projects during his career, including the Goal Alignment Team that developed and launched the agency-wide implementation of SMART goals. He also co-lead the Team Leader/Program Manager Summits that provided training for all Inspection Service first-line supervisors. He has completed the first Inspection Service Leadership Academy, USPS Executive Foundations, and USPS Executive Leadership.

    Inspector Goldberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Bucknell University with a concentration in Accounting, and also obtained a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license. Prior to joining the Inspection Service, he served as a Senior Manager with the public accounting firm KPMG and was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for a nonprofit organization.


    Robert Wemyss PictureRobert B. Wemyss
    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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