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FBI Agent Is Now a Police Chief in Mississippi

By Steve Neavling

A 26-year veteran of the FBI was sworn in as a police chief in Mississippi on Monday. 

Former agent John Quaka is now the top cop in Tupelo in northeast Mississippi, the Associated Press reports.

“In my youth, I dreamed of being a special agent with the FBI; as an adult, I dreamed of being a chief of police,” Quaka said at his investiture ceremony. “This is a great community. It is amazing. It is where we work, where we worship, where we raise our kids.”

The Tupelo City Council voted to confirm Mayor Todd Jordan’s nomination of Quaka last month.

Quaka will be in charge of an $11 million police budget, which includes about 120 employees. 

He replaced Police Chief Bart Aguirre, who retired over the summer. 

Quaka joined the FBI in 1995, when he served in the Los Angeles Division. He then worked out of the Greenville office and the Tupelo office. Until recently, he worked in the Oxford office. He has been a Tupelo residents for 20 years. 

Edward Gray Named Special Agent in Charge of Oklahoma Field Office

By Steve Neavling

Edward J. Gray has been named special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office. 

At the time of his appointment, Gray was serving as the deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Gray’s career with the FBI began in 1995, when he was assigned to the Enid Resident Agency of the Oklahoma City Field Office. He worked on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and investigated crimes on Indian reservations. He also created and led multi-jurisdictional task forces that were charged with prosecuting drug traffickers. 

In 1998, he received the FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service by a New Employee. 

In 1999, Gray began working at the Fort Smith Resident Agency of the Little Rock Field Office in Arkansas, investigating complex financial crimes, violent crimes, organized crime drug investigations, crimes against children and other issues. In addition, he served on the SWAT team and as a firearms, tactical, and defensive tactics instructor. In 2008, he deployed to the Salerno Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan to support the global war on terorism. 

In 2011, Gray became supervisory senior resident agent (SSRA) and transferred to Fayetteville, Ark. 

In 2015, Gray was named assistant legal attaché in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2017, he became unit chief of the Render Safe Readiness Unit in the Critical Incident Response Group at FBI headquarters. 

In 2018, he was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Mission Services Division for the Washington Field Office. 

Gray was chosen to serve as a section chief in the International Operations Division at headquarters in 2019. He oversaw FBI legal attachés in Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia and the Global Readiness Unit. In 2020, he was promoted to deputy assistant director of CIRG. 

Gray received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, a master of business administration from John Brown University in Arkansas, and a master of science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Before joining the bureau, Gray was a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. 

Michael Brodack Named Special Agent in Charge of New York Field Office’s Criminal Division

Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Michael A. Brodack has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office. 

At the time of his appointment, Brodack was serving as the FBI senior liaison to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at FBI and CISA headquarters in Washington, D.C.  

Brodack’s FBI career began in 2002 at the New York Field Office, where he investigated counterterrorism.  

In 2012, Brodack became supervisor of a new cyber counterterrorism squad in New York that investigated online homegrown violent extremism. He was later promoted to coordinating supervisory special agent for New York’s extraterritorial and international counterterrorism programs. 

His international counterterrorism work earned him the attorney general’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and in 2012.

In 2014, he transferred to FBI headquarters, where he worked as an assistant inspector in the Inspection Division. 

In 2015, Brodack was appointed assistant special agent in charge in the Newark Field Office in New Jersey. 

In 2019, he returned to FBI headquarters as the Cyber Division chief liaison to CISA, where he was tasked with improving communication and collaboration between CISA and the FBI. 

Before joining the FBI, Brodack was a certified public accountant and an attorney. He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and received a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. 

In addition, Brodack has many cyber security certifications, including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification. 

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman is ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year For 2021

By Allan Lengel

Every year federal law enforcement agents and officers put their lives on the line.

Officer Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6 (Screenshot from video)

With that in mind, we can think of no better person to give the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year Award for 2021 than Eugene Goodman, the veteran U.S. Capitol Police officer who faced an angry mob on his own in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and managed to lure the rioters away from the Senate chamber at great risk to himself. It’s the selflessness that represents the best in federal law enforcement.

It’s the first time since we began giving out the award in 2008 that it is going to a federal police officer rather than a federal agent or prosecutor.

Jan. 6 stands as a shameful stain on American history. But from that comes the pride many Americans feel for the heroics of Eugene Goodman. The U.S. Senate certainly felt that pride, adopting a resolution in February awarding Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal.

Previous recipients of the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year Award include: Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008):  Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010);  Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011); FBI agent John G. Perren, who was assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate (2012); David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism in the Los Angeles FBI Field Office(2013);  Loretta Lynch, who was U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn at the time (2014); John “Jack” Riley,  the DEA’s acting deputy administrator (2015); D.C.  U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips (2016); Joe Rannazzisi, a retired DEA deputy assistant administrator (2017); Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (2018); DEA agent Joe Piersante (2019) and Geoffrey S. Berman, the ex-U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (2020).

CBP Seized Records Amount of Fentanyl at Borders Last Year

The DEA and CBP are seizing record amounts of fentanyl. Photo: Shutterstock

By Steve Neavling

More fentanyl was seized at the border than heroin last year for the first time ever. 

Fentanyl seizures and overdoses reached record highs as the DEA tries to crack down on drug cartels that are pushing the drug, the Washington Examiner reports.

What makes it even more challenging is that drug users are unwittingly consuming fentanyl, which is being added to street drugs at alarming levels.

“Everything is potentially deadly right now, and people need to be aware,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram told ABC’s This Week in a recent interview.

CBP intercepted 11,200 pounds of fentanyl last fiscal year, which is more than double the amount seized in 2020. By comparison, CBP intercepted 5,400 pounds of heroin in fiscal year 2021. 

In 2013, when CBP began seizing fentanyl, only 2 pounds were seized. 

The DEA also seized a record amount of fentanyl last year.

“The drug threat today is different than it ever was before. Now, today, this is all synthetic or man-made. There’s an unlimited amount of these drugs that can be made,” Milgram said.

Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Detroit Field Office Timothy Waters Retires

Timothy Waters, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Timothy Waters, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office, has retired, following 21 years with the bureau. 

Waters was appointed to the Detroit office in December 2020 after serving as the deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) in Virginia. 

Waters’ career with the FBI began in the Detroit Field Office, where he began investigating white-collar crime in 2000. 

In December, Waters sat down with Deadline Detroit, a sister publication of ticklethewire.com, for a wide-ranging interview.

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Waters started working counterterrorism and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to support military and intelligence community operations in 2005 and 2006.

Waters became a supervisory special agent in 2017 and led a section of Detroit’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. One of his investigations included the attempted bombing of an airplane at Metro Airport in Detroit on Christmas 2009. 

In 2010, Waters became the legal attaché in Islamabad. 

He returned to Detroit in 2011, serving as supervisor of a Joint Terrorism Task Force that focused on al Qaeda and al Qaeda-inspired terrorists.

In 2014, Waters became assistant special agent in charge of administrative matters in Detroit and was reassigned in 2016 as the assistant special agent in charge of Detroit’s National Security Branch, making him responsible for all counterterrorism, cyber, counterintelligence, and weapons of mass destruction investigations in Michigan.

In 2019, Waters began serving as the director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, an FBI-led, multi-agency squad in charge of coordinating, integrating, and sharing cyber threat information. 

Earlier this year, he was named deputy assistant director of CIRG, where he helped lead the FBI’s response to critical incidents worldwide.

Before joining the FBI, Waters served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for eight years. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, earning a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

All The Best in 2022 From ticklethewire.com