March 9, 2018: Mark S. James was confirmed as the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri for a four-year term by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. James, of Missouri, is currently the Chancellor of the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, a position he has held since 2010. From 2005 to 2009, James was the Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Before that, James worked at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from 1987 to 2005, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol from 1978 to 1987. He received an M.S. in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence University. ATF is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice.