William J.C. Matthews

William J.C.  Matthews
Acting Special Agent in Charge
Drug Enforcement Administration Training Academy

In September 2019, William J.C. Matthews assumed the role of Acting Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Office of Training.  Mr. Matthews formerly served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the International and Personnel Recovery Training Section as well as the Criminal – Diversion, Intelligence Section.  Prior to his selection as ASAC, Mr. Matthews was assigned to DEA Headquarters in Operations – Foreign-deployed Advisory Team and Support Section (FAST).  Mr. Matthews supervised as Deputy Section Chief until the cessation of the FAST program.  Mr. Matthews earlier served DEA as a Tactical Diversion Squad - Group Supervisor and later as Acting ASAC, in the Dallas Field Division (FD).  Prior to Dallas, Mr. Matthews was a Resident Agent in Charge over the São Paulo Resident Office.  Formerly to his overseas assignment Mr. Matthews was a Staff Coordinator within the Special Operations Divisions (SOD) where he coordinated Operations against Mexican Drug Cartels and previously served in classified programs.  Preceding SOD, Mr. Matthews was assigned to the Los Angeles FD - High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – Los Angeles Police Department and FBI groups.  Finally, Mr. Matthews began his career with DEA in the Philadelphia FD - Scranton Post of Duty.  During his DEA career Mr. Matthews has been the recipient of awards from the U.S. Department of Justice, International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, OCDETF, DEA and most recently he received the 2018 Law Enforcement Commendation Award from the Northern District of Texas.  At the present time Mr. Matthews is a current and active member of the California Narcotics Officer Association (CNOA) and The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). Mr. Matthews holds a Master’s degree from Marywood University in Public Administration, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is fluent speaker in Brazilian Portuguese.  Mr. Matthews also proudly served in the United States Naval Reserve.  His most important achievement is his happy marriage to his beautiful wife and two active children.