Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Image of a headshot of Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson in front of the American flag.Marcus S. Watson has returned as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Nashville Field Division, encompassing Tennessee and Alabama, for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Previously, SAC Watson served as the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) – East, Office of Field Operations. In this assignment, he was responsible for all ATF law enforcement and regulatory functions for 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Prior to his appointment to this position, he was the SAC of the Nashville Field Division. Before that, he served as Chief of the Special Operations Division at ATF Headquarters and as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division.
SAC Watson held several other positions at ATF Headquarters, including Deputy Chief of the Security and Emergency Programs Division and special agent in the Internal Affairs Division. In 2011, he was selected as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the Memphis Field Office. During this assignment, he was instrumental in the formulation of the highly regarded Multi-Agency Gang Unit comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
SAC Watson began his law enforcement career in 1997, as a cross-trained Public Safety Officer in Benton Harbor, Michigan, rising through the ranks to become the Director of Public Safety. He began his career with ATF in 2002, as a special agent in the Grand Rapids Field Office in the Detroit Field Division.
A native of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Mr. Watson received his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University, where he was proudly initiated as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Last Reviewed March 21, 2023