Charlie Whatley was a high ranking Starfleet admiral who was assigned to Starfleet Headquarters during the 2370s. He had at least one aide that worked under him. He had a son, Kevin Whatley, but they did not have a good relationship.
In 2373, Admiral Whatley contacted Captain Benjamin Sisko to tell him that Bajor's petition to join the Federation had been approved. When he arrived on Deep Space 9, Whatley was irked by the fact that Sisko was not aboard the station, but was instead on Bajor in the city of B'hala, ignoring his calls.
Whatley was one of several admirals representing Starfleet at the signing ceremony for Bajor's admittance into the Federation. Sisko's revelation of the 'locusts' destroying Bajor convinced the Bajoran Council of Ministers to delay their planet's acceptance of Federation membership.
Whatley later tried to convince Sisko to tell the Chamber he was mistaken but Sisko refused. Although Whatley threatened to have Sisko court martialled or transferred from Deep Space 9, he decided to abide by his decision, rather than facing the total loss of Bajor as a result of Sisko's removal from the station.
Whatley was played by Ernest Perry, Jr.
He was described in the episode's script notes as "'old-Navy' – a strong-willed and seasoned veteran of many campaigns. He has intelligent, steel-hard eyes that don't miss much." Later when Whatley spoke with Sisko regarding the postponement of Bajor's entry into the Federation and having Sisko's commission for his role in it, the script stated "But Whatley didn't get to be an admiral by misreading political situations."