In 1977 Sergeant Joe Gordon was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after having served three years as a military policeman and criminal investigator. Joe Gordon was awarded the Army Commendation medal specifically for the high quality and consistent success of his work as a criminal investigator. The accompanying narrative with the medal cited the incredible clearance rate Mr. Gordon had as an investigator and the many important cases he solved.
In 1986, in Atlanta, Georgia, Trooper Joe Gordon of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) was wounded in a shootout with an escapee from the California state prison system named Cornell McLeod. Trooper Gordon was wounded and killed McLeod with his return fire. At the time of the incident Trooper Gordon was attempting to search McLeod whom he suspected as being the suspect who had wrecked and run from a stolen car just minutes before. Trooper Gordon received the Georgia State Patrol Medal of Valor in 1986.
In 1986 Mr. Gordon graduated from Georgia State University with a Masters degree in Public and Urban Affairs. In 1987 Mr. Gordon became a special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, best known as ATF. Joe Gordon served with honor as a special agent in Macon and Atlanta, Georgia and as an ATF supervisory special agent in Colorado Springs, CO, Washington, DC and Phoenix, AZ. Joe Gordon retired from federal service in 2007.
From 1993-1997 Joe Gordon became the first Resident Agent in Charge of the newly opened ATF field office in Colorado Springs, CO. During this period Joe Gordon directed many major criminal investigations that resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of more than 200 violent criminals in only four years. During this assignment Joe Gordon was responsible for the identification, arrest and conviction of violent gang members, murderers, drug and gun traffickers and bombers.
From 1999-2007 Joe Gordon served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge, for the ATF field division headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. In 2006 Joe Gordon, leading a special ATF task force, was commended by the Mayor of Phoenix for being instrumental in the capture of Dale Hausner and Samuel Dietman, two serial killers known as the “Phoenix Serial Shooters”.
In 2007 Joe Gordon formed Veritas Associates LLC, a Scottsdale Arizona based licensed private investigation agency which he continues to operate.
Joe Gordon is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police, Boston University, Boston, MA.
Joe Gordon is a member in good standing of the Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators (AALPI), the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and the United States Association of Professional Investigators (USAPI).