Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Appoints Special Agent in Charge Matthew Joy to the Position of Arson Bureau Director

Oct 17 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Appoints Special Agent in Charge Matthew Joy to the Position of Arson Bureau Director

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce that Special Agent in Charge Matthew Joy has been appointed to the position of Bureau Director of the Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Arson Bureau effective October 19, 2014.


“Matt has shown tremendous talent and initiative in his assignments throughout his career at the Department of Justice,” DCI Administrator Dave Matthews said.  “I have great confidence that Matt will continue to distinguish himself as the newest member of DCI’s senior management team.”


Originally from Portage County, WI, Joy graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, in with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and later received a Master of Science degree in criminal justice sciences from Illinois State University.  He began his employment with the Department of Justice in the fall of 1999 as a narcotics enforcement agent in the Milwaukee regional office.  In 2002, Joy transferred to the Appleton regional office and continued his assignment in drug enforcement until 2008 when he was selected for a transfer into the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force within the Appleton field office.  In the summer of 2013, Joy was named a Special Agent in Charge within the Madison regional office, and this past January, he began his most recent assignment as the Special Agent in Charge of the statewide ICAC Task Force program.  


As Director of the Arson Bureau, Joy will oversee Special Agents in the DOJ’s Office of the State Fire Marshal.  Deputy State Fire Marshals use the scientific method to conduct investigations of fires and explosions, and work daily with local law enforcement and fire departments throughout the State of Wisconsin as well as federal agencies to determine the origin and cause in fire investigations.  More information about the Department’s Arson Bureau is available here.