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TSA Administrator Pistole to Retire After More Than 4 Years at Helm

John Pistole

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, head of the TSA, will retire after leading the agency for more than four years, Reuters reports.

Pistole was in charge of 60,000 employees and security operations at more than 415 airports nationwide.

Pistole “has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“Because of his efforts over the past four and a half years, our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure,” Johnson added.

Johnson did not say what prompted the retirement.

Head of FBI’s Office in Seattle Resigns Abruptly; She Had Long-Standing Sexual Discrimination Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura M. Laughlin, head of the FBI’s office in Seattle for a decade, resigned abruptly Monday.

The Seattle Times reports that Laughlin retirement was anything but routine.

Laughlin, who joined the FBI in 1985, filed suit for sexual discrimination againt the bureau in 2011, claiming she was passed up for at least 15 promotions because of gender discrimination and retaliation since 2007.

An FBI spokeswoman said Laughlin was nearing her mandatory retirement age of 57 in September.

“Many special agents choose to retire before that age-related mandatory point,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.

Oregon’s Top FBI Official Is Retiring, Accepting Job with Nike

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

From the FBI to shoes?

Oregon’s top FBI official, Special Agent in Charge Gregory A. Fowler, is leaving the helm after two years, the Oregonian reports.

“I am retiring at the end of this month to take a position in the private sector,” said Special Agent in Charge Gregory A. Fowler in a prepared statement to The Oregonian.

Fowler told his staff he was taking a job with Nike as director of investigations.

“I have been privileged to lead the men and women of the FBI’s Portland Field Office, and will always be proud of their unyielding dedication to keeping Oregon and the country safe,” Fowler said in his statement.

Fowler was named special agent in charge of the Portland Division in the summer of 2011.

Richard DesLauriers, Head of Boston FBI, Announces He’s Retiring And Joining Private Sector

Richard DesLauriers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard DesLauriers, who has led the Boston FBI office since July 2010, announced he’s retiring from the bureau and taking a job in the private sector, The Boston Globe reports.

DesLauriers, who most recently led the response to the Boston Marathon bombings, will retire effective July 13 as he prepares to take a job as vice-president corporate security with Penske Group, a suburban Detroit transportation company, the Globe reported.

DesLauriers also is known for helping capture mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“I think it’s been a very eventful three years,” he said. “We’ve had some tremendous accomplishments.”

 

Special Agent in Charge of Nevada Office Retires to Head Nonprofit

Ken Favreau
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Kevin Favreau, FBI special agent in charge of the Nevada office, has retired from the bureau to take a job as head of a nonprofit youth golf leadership program, the Associated Press reports.

Favreau, 51, worked with the bureau for three decades.

“I am still only 51 years old, and the new job with the First Tee of Southern Nevada is right up my alley,” he said in an email to the AP. “It was a great career. After 29 years … I think it is just time to try something new.”

During his career, Favreau served as special agent of counterintelligence for the FBI Washington, D.C., field office and assistant director of intelligence. He arrived in Las Vegas in January 2010.

His first days in Nevada were memorable ones. A social security recipient with a shotgun killed a security guard and injured a U.S. marshal at the the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Las Vegas.

Face of Chicago’s FBI Retires Following Diverse 32-Year Career

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the FBI had a face in Chicago, it would be Special Agent Royden “Ross” Rice.

The 32-year veteran of the bureau was a media darling, urging the public to help find the most notorious criminals.

Now Rice is retiring, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Before becoming the Chicago office’s main spokesman, Rice spent time fighting organized crime and cracking cases including robbery and kidnapping.

“Ross is best described as a real professional. He was an accomplished and experienced field agent who worked in one of our most capable and successful resident agencies,” Robert Grant, the former special agent in charge of the FBI office, told the Sun Times. “He was the steady, trusted and confident face and voice of the FBI in Chicago. And he is a good and trusted adviser and friend to me.”

Head of FBI’s Washington D.C. Office Announces Retirement, Leaving Void in Counterterrorism Expertise

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 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.

ICE Agent Retires After Raid Uncovers 155 Guns at His Home


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE agent whose house in Vermont was raided over firearms has retired as investigators continue to study the case, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Special Agent Richard Bernholz stepped down from his federal job Friday, about 13 months after ATF seized more than 155 firearms from his home in Franklin County, according to the Free Press.

Federal authorities have declined to comment on the investigation, which appears to have been sparked by a gun that Bernholz used in a shooting in Massachusetts, the Free Press reported.

Since October 2010, the longtime federal agent had been assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Division of ICE.