William Austin Chatfield is an American government executive and lobbyist who served as the 11th Director of Selective Service from November 29, 2004 to May 29, 2009, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was directly responsible to the President for the management of the Selective Service System.
Prior to this, Chatfield, a Texan, had worked over 30 years in the executive and legislative branches of the Federal government.
He commenced 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 Commission.
From 1987 until his appointment with the Selective Service, he was a lobbyist and in 1989, established Kindness & Chatfield Associates, a lobbying firm with former Congressman Tom Kindness.
Chatfield attended Union College, majoring in political science and criminal justice, and continued studies at American University. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with 35 years of active duty and reserve service.