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Kevin Oaks, Chief of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, Retires

Kevin Oaks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The head of Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector announced Thursday that he is retiring.

The Monitor reports that Kevin W. Oaks spent his last day on the job Thursday following three decades with the federal agency.

Oaks’ former positions included operations division chief in Washington D.C., chief patrol agent of the Buffalo sector and the commander of the agency’s Tactical Unit.

As chief of the Rio Grande sector beginning in April 2014, Oaks oversaw more than 3,000 agents, nine stations and three traffic checkpoints.


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New Leader Takes Over Busy Yuma Sector of Border Patrol

Anthony Porvaznik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s busy Yuma Sector has a new leader.

On Tuesday, Anthony Porvaznik was named the Yuma Sector chief patrol agent and was sworn in during a ceremony in which his mission was made clear: “Protect America.”

“I do not expect infallibility nor perfection,” Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said during the ceremony, the Yuma Sun reports. “Just that he accomplishes the mission: Protect America. Nothing less.”

The Yuma Sector is one of the busiest sectors of Border Patrol, covering 126 miles.

“This ceremony really brings it home to me,” Porvaznik said. “I was surprised at how much it was going to mean to me.”

Porvaznik replaced outgoing Chief Patrol Officer Steve Martin.


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Head of FBI’s Philadelphia Office Plans to Retire, Take Job with Fortune 500 Company

Edward Hanko

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The head of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office, Edward J. Hanko, plans to retire next month following 29 years with the bureau, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Pennsylvania native led the Philadelphia office since 2013, beefing up investigations of terrorism, cyber crime and public corruption.

Hanko, 55, plans to become the vice president of global security for an unidentified Fortune 500 company.

Hanko plans to leave his post on July 31, two years short of the mandatory retirement age for the FBI.

The bureau has not officially made an announcement, and Hanko didn’t return a call for comment.


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Andrew G. McCabe Takes Over As Assistant Director in Charge of Washington Office

Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Andrew G. McCabe, who recently held the FBI’s top national security post, has taken over as assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.

McCabe now heads up the bureau’s second largest field division, which includes Northern Virginia.

McCabe’s FBI career began in 19996, when he was assigned to the New York Field Office. After collecting experience with organized crime, McCabe began to focus on counterterrorism when he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division.

According to the FBI: 

In 2008, Mr. McCabe was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division, where he managed several programs, including the National Capital Response Squad, Rapid Deployment Team, domestic terrorism squad, cyber‐ counterterrorism targeting squad, and extraterritorial investigations squad.

Mr. McCabe was selected as the first director of the High‐Value Interrogation Group in 2009. In 2010, the Director of National Intelligence certified Mr. McCabe as a senior intelligence officer.

In 2011, Mr. McCabe returned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, where he served as deputy assistant director and assistant director.

Most recently, Mr. McCabe served as executive assistant director of the National Security Branch. Overseeing all FBI national security programs, including the Counterterrorism Division, the Counterintelligence Division, the Intelligence Division, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the Terrorism Screening Center, and the High-Value Interrogation Group, Mr. McCabe ensured the FBI successfully executed its primary mission to defend the United States against national security threats.

Before entering the FBI, Mr. McCabe worked as a lawyer in private practice. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law.


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DEA Agent Dies a Month After Motorcycle Crash in Indiana

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Scott Sieben, a DEA agent assigned to the Evansville, Ind., post, died this week from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash a month earlier, the Evansville Courier & Press reports.

Scott Sieben, 54, died Tuesday in an Indianapolis hospital where he had been since the May 3 crash.

Sieben previously worked overseas for the DEA but came to Evansville to be closer to his family.

“He was just really cool — an intellectual but a super nice guy,” said Karen Vaughn-Kajmowicz, an Evansville Police Department sergeant who is a member of the city-county drug task force that works with the FBI. “He just fit in well with this unit.”

Vaughn-Kajmowicz said Sieben was driven and dedicated to his family and job.

“Scott was the perfect balance of family, faith and work. All of us can learn from that — that you can be good at all of those things, Vaughn-Kajmowicz said. “You don’t have to put all of your eggs in one basket. You can be a good father, husband and a servant of God, along with being really good at what you do.”


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FBI Official to Shake Up DEA After Being Appointed as New Leader

Chuck Rosenberg

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A top FBI official is expected to take over the troubled DEA following the forced resignation of DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, the L.A. Times reports. 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch tapped Chuck Rosenberg, the chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey, as the acting administrator in an effort to shake up the agency.

Rosenberg, who is expected to head the DEA for the rest of President Obama’s term, is to focus less on marijuana and more on drugs like heroin.

Rosenberg “has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakable integrity,” Lynch said in a statement.

Comey said that Rosenberg “is one of the finest people and public servants I have ever known. His judgment, intelligence, humility, and passion for the mission will be sorely missed at FBI.”

Click here for the FBI’s bio on Rosenberg.



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Senate Confirms Sally Yates As No. 2 at Justice Department

Sally Yates

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Anger over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration wasn’t enough to prevent the Senate confirmation of a new deputy attorney general on Wednesday.

Sally Yates, known for cracking down on crime in Georgia, was confirmed to the No. 2 position in the Justice Department with by a 84-12 vote in the Senate, Politico.com reports.

Some Republicans tried to prevent the confirmation on the grounds that the president’s executive actions on immigration were unconscionable. But Lynch gained strong support from the GOP.

“She is an experienced and dedicated prosecutor with a well-deserved reputation for fairness, integrity, toughness. She is a confirmed leader in this crucial position,” the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Patrick Leahy, of Vermont, said.

Yates replaces James Coles, who resigned at the beginning of the year.


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Former DEA Head Thomas A. Constantine dies at age of 76

Thomas A. Constantine

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Thomas A. Constantine, the former tough-talking chief of the DEA, died May 3 at a hospice in Pinehurst, N.C., the Washington Post reports. 

He was 76.

Constantine. who died after getting a staph infection, was chosen as the head of the DEA by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after the former cop and investigator led successful crackdowns on drugs in New York.

The n0-nonsense leader of the DEA launched aggressive campaigns to knock down some of the drug operations in Mexico and Central America. But he quickly found out that the well-connected and well-financed drug cartels were ruthless, determined and capable of influencing police and politicians.

Constantine was born in Buffalo on Dec. 23, 1938 and began his law enforcement in 1960 as a sheriff’s deputy.

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