Joshua E. Jackson is currently the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the New Orleans Field Division and was appointed to this position in August 2023. Jackson is the chief executive responsible for management and oversight of ATF’s criminal enforcement and industry operations in the seven federal judicial districts that cover the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Jackson began his ATF career in January 2009 as a special agent in the Los Angeles Field Division, Los Angeles II Field Office. In 2017, Jackson took a promotion as a program manager/spokesperson in the Public Affairs Division at ATF Headquarters. In 2018, Jackson became the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) of the Stockton Field Office, Stockton, California, in the San Francisco Field Division. In 2019, Jackson became the RAC of the Oakland Field Office Crime Gun Enforcement Team, Oakland, California. In 2020, Jackson became an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in the San Francisco Field Division, Dublin, California. From August 2022 through May 2023, Jackson served as the long-term acting SAC for the San Francisco Field Division.
During his career in California, Jackson led teams of ATF special agents and investigators on multiple high-profile investigations, including the Goshen homicides; Stockton serial killer; mass shooting at the Valley Transit Authority in San Jose; multiple Special Response Team enforcement operations; multiple National Response Team callouts for arsons; large scale takedowns; a multi-state and multi-national initiative, “Operation Halo,” into the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang; a murder-for-hire shooting of a prominent Oakland dentist; and many undercover operations focused on violent offenders.
Prior to joining ATF, Jackson worked as a firefighter/paramedic for the Houston Fire Department and later as a registered nurse in the Houston Medical Center. Jackson received a Juris Doctor degree in law from South Texas College of Law in Houston in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of Houston in 2003. Jackson successfully passed the Texas Bar Exam in 2012, nearly four years after graduating law school while working investigations in the ATF Los Angeles Field Division.