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FBI Names Scott Brunner As Special Agent in Charge of San Diego Field Office

Scott Brunner, special agent in charge of the bureau’s San Diego Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Scott Brunner, a 16-year FBI veteran, has been appointed as special agent in charge of the bureau’s San Diego Field Office.

The FBI announced the appointment Wednesday.

Most recently, Brunner served as deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group, where he managed FBI surveillance, behavioral analysis, unmanned systems, and aviation.

With a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, Brunner is working on his master’s degree in unmanned systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Brunner joined the FBI in 1995, when he was assigned to the bureau’s Portland Field Office in Oregon. After investigating violent and organized crime, he was transferred to the Oklahoma City Field Office, where is primary focus was public corruption.

In 2003, Brunner managed the joint FBI/Hungarian Organized Task Force at the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. After two years, he went to the San Diego Field Office and supervised a strike force that focused on Mexican drug traffickers.

In 2009, Brunner led the FBI Safe Streets and Gang Unit at the bureau’s headquarters. He received a promotion two years later, becoming assistant agent in charge of criminal and administrative programs at the FBI Field Office in Kentucky. He later headed Louisville’s national security and intelligence programs.

Between 2014 and 2016, Brunner served as the legal attaché in Bogota, Colombia and then was named as the chief of the surveillance and aviation section of CIRG.

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