William Austin Chatfield
A. Chatfield became the 11th Director of Selective
Service on November 29, 2004, having been nominated by President
George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He
is directly responsible to the President for the management
of the Selective Service System.
Mr. Chatfield, of Texas, brings to this position more than 30
years of experience working with the executive and legislative
branches of the Federal government.
public service with the Doorkeeper of the U.S. House of
Representatives from 1978 through 1979, and performed in
several appointed positions of increasing responsibility from
1980 through 1987 in the Reagan Administration. He
served on the staff of the Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at
the Department of Defense; as a Regional Director of the Civil
Aeronautics Board; Special Assistant to the Director, Office
of Personnel Management; Assistant to the Chairman of the
Consumer Product Safety Commission; Special Assistant for
Congressional Liaison in the Department of the Interior; and,
Staff Advisor to the Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce
From 1987 until his
appointment with the Selective Service, he was engaged in
governmental affairs consulting. In 1989, he and former
Congressman Tom Kindness established Kindness & Chatfield
Associates, a government relations and public affairs consulting
attended Union College, majoring in political science and
criminal justice, and continued studies at American University.
He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with 35 years of
active duty and reserve service.
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