Meet the Special Agent in Charge

Special Agent in Charge Jonathan T. McPhersonAs the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Seattle Field Division since August 2020, Jonathan T. McPherson is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry operations in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territory of Guam. The Seattle Field Division is ATF’s largest geographical division in the country.

ATF is a key law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice that protects the public from violent crime, violent criminal organizations, illegal firearms trafficking and possession, unlawful storage and utilization of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.

SAC McPherson began his career with ATF in 1990 as a special agent in the Seattle Group I Field Office followed by the Santa Ana, California Group I Field Office in 2002. He also joined ATF’s Special Response Team (SRT) program in 1992 and served as part-time operator, forward observer and full-time operator.

In 2009, SAC McPherson was appointed Team Commander for SRT Team 1 in Detroit, Michigan. In this role, he led SRT Team 1 in the planning and execution of high-risk enforcement operations in support of criminal investigations in the 14-state Team 1 region, as well as other investigative operations across the nation.

Starting in 2012, SAC McPherson served as Group Supervisor of the Seattle Group I and Group IV Field Offices, then as Deputy Chief of the Special Operations Division at ATF headquarters in 2014. He was appointed Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Louisville Field Division in 2016.

From 2018 to 2019, SAC McPherson served as Chair of the Professional Review Board (PRB). PRB is responsible for ensuring all allegations of employee misconduct investigated by ATF or DOJ are handled lawfully, fairly, consistently and expeditiously.

Prior to his current assignment, SAC McPherson served as the Columbus Field Division’s SAC from 2019 to 2020 and was responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry operations in state of Ohio and the southern judicial district of Indiana.

SAC McPherson, who is also a certified firearms instructor, attended Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Last Reviewed February 12, 2021