Head of FBI’s Washington D.C. Office Announces Retirement, Leaving Void in Counterterrorism Expertise
James W. McJunkin, the head of the FBI’s Washington field office, announced his retirement Thursday after just two years on the job.
Authorities said the retirement is a blow to counterterrorism efforts because McJunkin had a plethora of experience in foiling and investigating terrorist plots, the Washington Post reports.
McJunkin is a former state trooper whose expertise in counterterorrism helped him climb the ranks of the FBI.
McJunkin plans to take a corporate security position in Chicago.
“He’s done a great job,” U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement through his spokesman. “He’s a dedicated and committed public servant and he’ll be missed.”
The FBI has not yet announced a replacement.
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