Eljay B. Bowron

United States Secret Service

Eljay B. Bowron was appointed as the 18th Director of the U.S. Secret Service on December 7, 1993.

Mr. Bowron's career with the Secret Service began as a special agent in the Chicago Field Office. He quickly rose to positions of high responsibility, both in the field and at headquarters. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bowron has served in a wide variety of assignments, reflecting the Service's diverse interests and responsibilities. His rapid progression to positions of greater responsibility culminated in his appointment as head of all the Service's protective operations--the position he held prior to his appointment as Director.

Mr. Bowron is a native of Detroit, Michigan. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Mr. Bowron began his law enforcement career as an officer with the Detroit Police Department prior to joining the Secret Service in 1974.

Throughout his 19-year with the U.S. Secret Service, Director Bowron has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards for outstanding service. He serves as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Mr. Bowron and his wife Sandy, have one son.