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Vermont’s Top FBI Official to Step Down for State Lottery Commission Post

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Daniel Rachek, who has led Vermont’s FBI office for the past six years, is stepping down to become the executive director of the state’s lottery commission.

The 22-year veteran of the bureau begins the new job Nov. 13, the Vermont Digger reports. 

Rachek supervised 20 employees and led financial investigation with the FBI.

“I’m honored to join Gov. Scott’s team and to maximize the lottery’s contributions to Vermont’s economic future by supporting education funding,” Rachek said in the news release.

The state-run Vermont Lottery Commission oversees the lottery system.

“Danny’s extensive public service and financial experience provides a level of expertise and a professional commitment that will set the standard in the lottery’s future efforts,” Scott said in the announcement.

Border Patrol’s Brownsville Station Gets 25-Year Veteran As New Leader

border-patrol-suv-via-border-patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jaime Salazar, a 25-year veteran of the Border Patrol, was recently appointed agent in charge of the agency’s Brownsville station.

Salazar joined the Border Patrol as an agent in June 1992 and has worked his way through the ranks, most recently serving as a strategic advisor to the ICE/ERO deputy director in 2017, the Brownsville Herald reports

The Brownsville Border Patrol Station oversees 23 miles of river and 80 square miles of Cameron County.

The Herald wrote:

Salazar became a Border Patrol agent on June 4, 1992 and was assigned to the Chula Vista Station in the San Diego Sector. In 1997, he was promoted to senior patrol agent in Harlingen and subsequently promoted to supervisor in 1998.

In 2002, he was promoted to the PAIC over the Intelligence Unit for the Rio Grande Valley Sector, where in over eight years he transformed the Sector Intelligence Unit. In 2010, Salazar was promoted as the first J2/Intelligence Commander for CBP in Laredo.

In 2013, Salazar became an associate chief in the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the United Stated Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, he was appointed deputy director for the Department of Homeland Security Human Smuggling Cell, a White House National Security Council Interagency taskforce established to combat international human smuggling efforts. Two years later, he became the acting director for the CBP Counter Network Division charged with integrating operations, intelligence and analysis. He later became a strategic advisor to the ICE/ERO Deputy Director in 2017.

F C. Bryan Paarmann Named SAC for Counterterrorism Division in N.Y.

C. Bryan Paarmann (FBI photo)

C. Bryan Paarmann (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

F C. Bryan Paarmann, the deputy assistant director in the FBI’s International Operations Division, has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the FBI New York Field Office.

Paarmann joined the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Denver Division, where he worked international terrorism and foreign counterintelligence matters on the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force, a press release said.

Paarmann has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division as well as in the San Juan Division and the Washington Field Office. He was also the legal attaché in Tbilisi, Georgia and in Kyiv, Ukraine.

He reports for the new job in New York next month.

Special Agent in Charge of Chicago’s FBI Office to Retire in September

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office.

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, announced Monday that he’s retiring at the end of September and will join the private sector.

After joining the FBI in Miami in July 1995, Anderson lead a successful career by combating public corruption and overseeing the investigations of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, the Chicago Sun-Times reports

Anderson was in charge of the Chicago office since October 2015.

Anderson was among a number of special agents who were interviewed to serve as interim FBI director after President Trump fired James Comey.

Anderson will join the private sector in corporate security with Arizona Public Service in Phoenix.

“It was truly an honor and a privilege to lead the tirelessly dedicated and professional men and women of the Chicago Division, a flagship office of the FBI in both national security and criminal law enforcement,” Anderson said in a statement.

Incoming DHS Secretary Has 3 Decades of Experience with 3 Administrations

Deputy Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke.

Deputy Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Washington veteran Elaine Duke, who is set to become the acting Homeland Security secretary today after a dramatic shakeup, has served in high-ranking positions in three administrations.

Duke, who served as deputy secretary, is expected to become acting secretary today to temporarily replace Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-start Marine Corps general who will become President Trump’s chief of staff.

Reince Priebus resigned from the position after the Trump administration made it clear they didn’t want him on staff anymore.

Duke has plenty of federal government experience.

The Hill wrote:

Duke has nearly three decades of experience working for the federal government, including time at DHS and the Department of Defense, serving under both Democratic and Republican presidents.

She previously served as under secretary for management and chief procurement for DHS, where she was responsible for managing the agency’s $47 billion budget. 

Duke was also the deputy assistant administrator for acquisition at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she delivered a program to meet a new mandate after 9/11 to federalize passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports

Former FBI Director Comey Is Writing a Book about His Legal Career

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI Director James Comey is writing a book that will cover his tumultuous tenure during the Trump administration.

Comey, who has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, plans to write about his experience in public service, the New York Times reports. 

Don’t expect the conventional tell-all memoir. Comey plans to explore the principles that have helped him through some of the most difficult times of his long legal career. Those include the investigation of Hillary Clinton and his recent spat with Trump over the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.

“It’s a book about leadership and his search for truth, informed by lessons and experiences he’s had throughout his career, including his recent experiences in the Trump administration,” said Matt Latimer, a partner at literary agency Javelin. “It will speak to a broader desire in our country for more ethical leadership.”

Latimer said all of the major publishing houses have expressed interest in the book, which is expected to go to auction soon.

Barnes & Thornburg First Major Firm to Have 3-Ex-U.S. Attorneys As Partners Who are African Americans

(L-R) Mike Battle, Roscoe Howard, Patrick Miles

(L-R) Mike Battle, Roscoe Howard, Patrick Miles

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Barnes & Thornburg, based in Indianapolis, is the first major law firm to have three former U. S. Attorneys  as partners who are African American.  The firm has 13 offices and is among the 100 largest in the U.S.

The former U.S. Attorneys include Mike Battle, who served in the Western District of New York (Buffalo) under President George W. Bush; Roscoe Howard who served in D.C. under Bush and Patrick Miles, who served in the the Western District of Michigan (Grand Rapids) under President Barack Obama.

Howard and Battle work in the D.C. office and Miles is based in Grand Rapids.

Storied FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez Retires After Combating Terrorism

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Carlos T. Fernandez, the legendary FBI agent who spent most of his career fighting terrorism, is retiring after 21 years.

The 50-year-old agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division has accepted a job with media giant Viacom, where he’ll lead their global security at their Times Square headquarters, PageSix.com reports. 

During his illustrious FBI career that began in 1996, Fernandez investigated terrorism in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and in Libya after Benghazi.

New York City police will miss Fernandez.

“There’s been no better collaborator (with the NYPD) than Carlos, and he spent his entire career protecting New York City from acts of terrorism,” NYPD Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald told Page Six. “We’ll miss him — he’s the best.”

He’ll also be missed by colleagues.

“Carlos is a great American, a great agent and a great friend,” Jeffrey Ringel, who worked with Fernandez at the FBI for 19 years, said. “His retirement is a big loss for New York, but his legacy will live on at the FBI.”

Page Six wrote:

He became a supervisor within the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office in 2010, and in 2015 he became the Special Agent-in-Charge overseeing the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Keeping New Yorkers safe, his division has thwarted attacks such as a Times Square massacre plotted by ISIS sympathizer Mohamed Rafik Naji, who intended to drive a garbage truck into a crowd before his 2016 arrest. They also foiled a Hezbollah strike with the 2017 arrest of Ali Kourani, who cased JFK for an attack. Last week, Bronx man Saddam Mohamed Raishani was arrested for trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.