William J. McCrary has served as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since September 2021. SAC McCrary is responsible for all ATF regulatory and criminal enforcement operations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Western District of Wisconsin. The division is comprised of about 125 special agents, industry operations investigators, task force officers, investigative analysts, intelligence research specialists, and other key staff.
SAC McCrary began his civilian law enforcement career in 1994 as a Police Officer in Nebraska, serving for nine years. He began his ATF career in 2002, in the Fargo, North Dakota, Field Office. In 2006, McCrary deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, joining the Department of Justice’s Major Crimes Task Force. In 2010, he became the Group Supervisor of the Houston Field Division’s Group II, and led the first ATF group at the original Texas Anti-Gang Center. In 2015 he was assigned as a Program Manager, and in 2016 promoted to the Division Chief of the National Explosives Task Force located at FBI Headquarters, which coordinated the integration of explosives expertise with intelligence and law enforcement information to prevent and respond to terrorist or criminal use of explosives. McCrary then served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the New Orleans Field Division, a position he held from April 2017 to Sept. 2021.
Throughout his law enforcement career, he also served as a Military Police Officer with the U.S. Army Reserve, completing overseas tours.