On January 16, 2013, Mr. Colder was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division. The Washington Division consists of the District of Columbia and the states of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The division is covered by DEA offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Salisbury, MD; Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, Winchester, Bristol, and Hampton, VA; and, Charleston, Wheeling, and Clarksburg, WV. The mission of the Washington Division is to consistently develop a diverse workforce of the highest integrity and ethical standards that proudly represents DEA. The Division’s commitment and efforts to combat drug trafficking and illegal drug use is conducted by targeting and dismantling the most significant criminal drug trafficking organizations for arrest, prosecution, and conviction.
Immediately prior to arriving at the Washington Division, Mr. Colder served as the Deputy Chief Inspector of Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). In this position, Mr. Colder was the principal advisor to the chief inspector on all OPR related matters and led one of DEA’s most sensitive and important programs. Heading that office, Mr. Colder ensured that DEA’s professionalism, credibility, and longstanding reputation for high integrity was maintained with the public and Congress. He had served in this position since his appointment to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2009. While in this position, DEA’s Acting Administrator selected Mr. Colder to serve as the co-chair of DEA’s diversity committee, leading efforts to move forward on several key diversity initiatives that are the Attorney General’s priority. Mr. Colder has served as co-chair since July 2010.
Before being named to the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Colder’s had served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in the Philadelphia Field Division since 2005 where he excelled in overseeing six (6) state and local task force groups, the Financial Investigations Group, the Drug/Homicide Task Force, and the Division’s Tactical Diversion initiative. In this position, he earned an outstanding reputation with law enforcement counterparts, community organizations, and the media.
Prior to Mr. Colder’s position as an ASAC, he was promoted to Senior Inspector of the OPR Northeast Field Office in Newark, New Jersey in 2004. He managed the administrative and operational functions of the field office responsible for conducting investigations concerning allegations of misconduct lodged against DEA employees in the New England Division, New York Division, New Jersey Division, and the Philadelphia Division.
Before arriving in Newark, Mr. Colder had been assigned to the DEA Headquarters Inspections Division in Arlington, Virginia. There he was assigned to the DEA Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) as an inspector beginning in 2002. In this position, Mr. Colder was responsible for conducting investigations concerning allegations of misconduct lodged against DEA employees.
Preceding Mr. Colder’s reassignment to DEA Headquarters, Mr. Colder was promoted to Group Supervisor at the Dallas Field Division in 1998. There, he managed the DEA Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Task Force Group consisting of Federal, State and Local law enforcement officers. In January 2000, Mr. Colder was then reassigned to the Fort Worth Resident Office where he served as the Resident Agent in Charge responsible for the management of two State and Local Task Force Groups and the DFW Airport Task Force. He was responsible for expanding the Dallas Division’s airport interdiction efforts to highway, railway and bus interdiction initiatives.
Previous to his assignment in Texas, Mr. Colder was stationed in the DEA St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Resident Office where he served as the Senior Special Agent and Acting Resident Agent in Charge. While assigned to the St. Croix Resident Office, he was responsible for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force consisting of Federal, State and Local law enforcement officers. Mr. Colder was the Affiant of the first Title III investigation operated and monitored in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. Colder started his career with DEA in January 1986, when he was hired as a Basic Agent Trainee. Upon completion of Basic Agent Training, Mr. Colder was assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division as a Special Agent (Criminal Investigator). During Mr. Colder’s assignment in the Philadelphia Field Division, he conducted numerous investigations on domestic and foreign drug trafficking organizations. Mr. Colder served as the Assistant Group Supervisor in the Philadelphia State and Local Task Force’s Violent Traffickers Project established by the U. S. Attorney General. He also participated as an investigator and undercover operative of narcotic investigations domestic and globally. Moreover, he participated in cases as an undercover operative in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, Dallas, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, Mr. Colder also served as the DEA Philadelphia Division’s Recruitment Coordinator, and as the Division’s Special Emphasis Program (for EEO programs) Coordinator.
Mr. Colder is a graduate of Cheyney State University of Pennsylvania where he earned a BA in
Political Science and a BA in Social Relations. In 2010, Mr. Colder received a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Mr. Colder served as the National President of the National Association of Black Narcotic Agents from 2004 to 2012. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and a member of the Prince Hall F&AM, as well as other civic organizations,
Mr. Colder and his wife, Sherry, currently reside in Ashburn, Virginia and have three children.