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FBI Field Office in White Plains, NY, Moving to Nearby Rye with More Employees

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.44.24 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI field office in White Plains, New York, is moving to a larger space in nearby Rye to make room for more personnel.

The Journal News reports the move is expected between mid-November and early December.

The office will continue to cover Westchester and Putnam counties, while maintaining it focus on counter-terrorism, white collar and criminal investigation squads.

The office is moving to 600 Midland Ave.

The FBI said it plans to have more employees in the new office, but didn’t specify how many.

“It gives us easier access to the FBI if we need them, which isn’t much, but even so, the police commissioner and the city are happy to have them in our community,” said Rye City Manager Marcus Serrano.

Head of Seattle FBI Office Retires, Replaced by Jay S. Tabb Jr.

Frank Montoya Jr.

Frank Montoya Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frank Montoya Jr., the head of the FBI office in Seattle, announced Thursday he’s retiring.

He will be succeeded by Jay S. Tabb Jr., a former Marine who served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, the Seattle Times reports. 

Montoya had served as the special agent in charge in Honolulu before he took over the Seattle office in 2014.

“The FBI’s exceptional mission is near to my heart, and I’ve been immensely proud to contribute to our law enforcement and national security efforts,” Montoya said in an FBI news release. “I am honored to have spent the final years of my FBI career with the exceptional agents and professional staff of the Seattle Division, and the extraordinary law enforcement leaders in Washington state.”

Montoya came under fire after he allowed one of his agents to use a fake Associated Press story to capture a bomb-hoax suspect.

Tabb was first assigned to the Dallas office when he joined the FBI in 1997. He has focused on violent crime, counterterrorism and drug-trafficking.

FBI Director Appoints New SACs for Denver and Oklahoma City

Timothy Slater

Timothy Slater

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Timothy Slater to head up the Denver Division and Kathryn Peterson to head the Oklahoma City Division.

Slater most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group at Quantico, Va.

Slater joined the FBI in 1999 and began his career in the Detroit Division on the Violent Crimes Task Force, according to a press release.  He has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, as the senior supervisory resident agent over four resident agencies in the Oklahoma City Division, in the Critical Incident Response Group, and in the Knoxville Division.

He’ll assume the new post in September.

Kathryn Peterson most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

She joined the FBI in 1990 and was first assigned to the Milwaukee Division, where she worked counterterrorism, gang, drug, and organized crime matters, the FBI said. Peterson has held leadership positions in the Chicago, Albany, Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism, and Inspection Divisions, and was a member of the Milwaukee Division’s SWAT team.

She will start the new job in late September.

Prior to joining the FBI, she served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence analyst.

Ms. Peterson will assume her new role in late September.

Michael Gavin to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

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By Allan Lengel
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Michael Gavin, who recently served as section chief of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division’s National Covert Operations Section,  has been named special agent in charge  of  the Memphis Division, the FBI announced Tuesday. He will assume the new post in mid-August.

Gavin began his FBI career in 1995 and was first assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where he investigated white-collar crime, violent crime and organized crime.

During his 21-year career with the FBI he has worked investigations in the  Criminal Investigative Division, International Operations Division and Inspection Division and held leadership positions in Montgomery, Ala., San Francisco and D.C., according to a press release.

 

R. Justin Tolomeo To Head Up FBI’s Milwaukee Office

R. Justin Tolomeo

R. Justin Tolomeo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — R. Justin Tolomeo, who served as an inspector in the Inspection Division of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division, the FBI announced on Monday. He’ll assume the new post in September.

 Tolomeo joined the FBI in 1998 and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked criminal matters, according to a press release.  In 2001, he transferred to the New York Division and investigated drug violations.

After Sept. 11, 2001, he  Tolomeo was assigned to international terrorism and intelligence matters. In 2007, he was appointed as assistant legal attaché in London overseeing counterterrorism efforts, the FBI said.

Tolomeo has held leadership positions in the New York and Philadelphia Divisions. Prior to the FBI, he served as a DEA agent  New York and as a criminal investigator in New Jersey.

 

Todd McCall Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Operational Technology Division

Todd McCall

Todd McCall

By Allan Lengel
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Todd McCall, special agent in charge of the Memphis FBI, has been named  assistant director for the bureau’s Operational Technology Division.

McCall joined the FBI in 1990 and began his career in the Dallas Division.

He served on the Dallas Division’s Evidence Response Team and was involved in the management of the investigations of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Sept. 11, 2001 crash of United Air Lines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., the FBI said in a press release.

He’s  held leadership positions at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va. and  in Tennessee.

 

Laura Bucheit Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Security Division

Laura Bucheit

Laura Bucheit

By Allan Lengel
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Laura Bucheit, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s  Las Vegas office, has been named assistant director for the Security Division.

Bucheit joined the FBI in 1996 and began her career in the Baltimore Division, where she conducted investigations into terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and criminal violations, the FBI said. She was also the Baltimore Division’s first female SWAT team member and the second certified female sniper in FBI history.

Throughout her career, Bucheit has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Las Vegas Division, the Inspection Division, the San Francisco Division, the FBI said in a press release. She also served special assistant to former FBI Director Mueller.

She begins the post in mid-July.

Ken Walton, the Most Flamboyant SAC Ever to Head FBI Detroit Division, Dead at 76

Ken Walton

Ken Walton

By Allan Lengel
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DETROIT — Kenneth P. Walton, whose career as an FBI agent spanned 24 years, and who was regarded inside and outside the bureau as the most flamboyant person ever to head the Detroit FBI, died late last month in New Mexico after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

Walton, who headed the Detroit FBI from 1985 to 1988, oversaw some key investigations during his tenure in Detroit including a high-profile FBI sting that resulted in the indictments and guilty pleas of a number of crooked Detroit judges from 36th District and Recorder’s courts. After Detroit, he moved on to headquarters and retired in 1989.

“He loved the FBI and was a workaholic,” said retired FBI agent John Anthony, who worked at the time as legal advisor to the Detroit office and press spokesman. “I would usually get in at around 7 a.m. He was there in the office at 5:30 or 6 o’ clock everyday. He had a keen mind for investigations. He knew personnel. He knew who the hard workers were. He was a good organizer.”

Publicly, he had a TV-like image with his full-head of hair, which always seemed perfectly in place, much like the TV character Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in the TV show, The F.B.I.

He was articulate and dapper, often dressing in French-cuffed shirts his wife designed. In the colder months, he would be seen with a trench coat over his shoulders, which earned him the nickname “The Cape Crusader.”

He also wasn’t shy about expressing his views, and he ended up bumping heads with then-U.S. Attorney Roy C. Hayes. He made no secret of his dislike for Hayes.

Ross Parker, a retired federal prosecutor who was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office under Hayes, recalled the first time he walked into Walton’s FBI office.

“It was like walking into the Ken Walton Museum,” he said. “There were hundreds of photos of him with well known people and plaques covering every square inch of wall.”

“Non-Bureau law enforcement people did not always agree with his views but you had to admire his confidence and willingness to take a position. An example was the investigation of local judges. While some were ringing their hands over the undercover methods, he was full-steam-ahead and he made some innovative suggestions. He was charismatic, controversial, and did everything with flair.”

Many agents admired him.

“He was a legend,” said retired FBI Agent Terry Booth. “He was old school. Everybody liked him.  He seemed to back the agents and they loved him for it.”

Walton was sometimes criticized for flocking to TV cameras like a moth to light, and having a large ego.

“He was flashy, no doubt about it,” Anthony said.

But Anthony said it was really about getting the FBI publicity.

“He felt the FBI needed to be in the media because the public needed to know what the FBI was all about,” Anthony said, adding:

“You won’t see another one like him.”

Walton was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; brother Jim of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; and various in-laws and friends, according to the Albuquerque Journal.