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Joshua Skule Named Assistant Director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joshua Skule has been named assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters, moving just blocks from where he has been serving as special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. He assumes his new post in January.

Skule began his career as an FBI agent in 1998, first working in the Chicago office where he investigated violent crimes and public corruption.

In 2008, he was promoted to a unit chief in the Counterterrorism Division where he was responsible for counterterrorism investigations within the United States, a press release said. A year later, he was named assistant section chief in the division.

In 2011, Skule was selected named assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office where he managed several programs, including organized crime, gangs, violent crime, and cyber investigations.

In 2012,, he was  promoted to section chief of the Counterterrorism Division, and the following year he was promoted to deputy assistant director.

A 25-Year Veteran of FBI Named Pittsburgh’s New Public Safety Director

Wendell Hissrich, via city of Pittsburgh.

Wendell Hissrich, via city of Pittsburgh.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 25-year veteran of the FBI has been named Pittsburgh’s new public safety director.

Wendell Hissrich, 55, a former city paramedic, will begin the job on Jan. 11, the Associated Press reports.

He’ll replace another FBI veteran, Stephen Bucar, who departed in September to become a deputy commissioner with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Hissrich most recently supervised 56 field offices as chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Unit at FBI headquarters.

He will be paid $112,500, which is subject to city council approval.

FBI Director Names New Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.

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ticklethewire.com

E.W. “Bill” Priestap, a 17-year veteran of the FBI, has been named assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at the bureau’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

Priestap was serving as deputy assistant director of the Intelligence Operations Branch in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarter.

Priestap began his career with the FBI in 1998, investigating organized crime and drug issues in the Chicago Division. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Priestap handled counterterrorism investigations in Chicago.

Priestap has a long history with the FBI, according to the bureau:

In 2003, Mr. Priestap was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA) at FBIHQ. While in OCA, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he assisted with the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Priestap was appointed the special assistant to the assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBIHQ.

In 2006, Mr. Priestap was assigned to the New York Field Office, where he held counterterrorism and intelligence supervisory positions. He was then promoted to assistant special agent in charge, and he served in the Intelligence and the Counterintelligence Divisions of the New York Field Office.

In 2012, Mr. Priestap was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBIHQ, and, in 2013, Mr. Priestap was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division in the New York Field Office.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of San Juan Division

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Douglas A. Leff, who began his career with the FBI in 1996 and later cross-designated as a special assistant U.S. attorney, has been named as the special agent in charge of the San Juan Division, the bureau announced Tuesday. 

Most recently, Leff was an inspector assigned to FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C., where he reviewed cases and operations across all FBI programs.

Leff will begin his new role in late January.

According to the FBI:

Mr. Leff was promoted to supervisory special agent of a squad in the New York Field Office Organized Crime Branch in 2007. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Leff was also cross-designated as a special assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of New York. During this time, he litigated organized crime, narcotics trafficking, Internet fraud, and terrorist financing prosecutions.

In 2005, Mr. Leff received an Attorney General’s Award for his work on a series of complex money laundering and terrorist financing prosecutions.

In 2009, Mr. Leff was promoted to unit chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit in the Financial Crimes Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 2012, Mr. Leff was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the New York Field Office, where he was responsible for the Complex Financial Crimes Branch, which includes several squads responsible for investigating securities fraud, financial institution fraud, corporate fraud, money laundering, identity theft, Internet fraud, and asset forfeiture.

Mr. Leff continues to provide regular instruction on criminal and terrorist financing investigations for the Department of Justice and other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Leff served as an assistant district attorney in New York, where he handled the investigation and prosecution of white collar and violent crime cases.

Familiar Face Will Return As Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Omaha Office

Randall Thysse

Randall Thysse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Randall Thysse, who began his FBI career fighting white-collar crime in Omaha in 1989, will return to the office as special agent in charge, Omaha.com reports. 

Thysse will be responsible for overseeing FBI employees in Nebraska and Iowa.

In February, Thysse will replace Thomas Metz, who retired from the FBI in late November to join the private sector.

Thysse most recently oversaw crime reduction and terrorism prevention for the FBI’s Operational Program Branch of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

Charles Kable IV Named SAC of Counterintelligence Division at D.C. Field Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Charles H. Kable IV has been named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office.

Kable most recently served as the chief of the Counterespionage Section at FBI Headquarters, overseeing field offices engaged in espionage, economic espionage and insider threat investigations, an FBI press release said.

Kable started his career with the FBI in 2000 and was first assigned to the San Francisco Field Office, Oakland Resident Agency, where he worked on counterespionage investigations and counterintelligence operations.

From there, he became program manager and acting unit chief in the Chinese Counterespionage Unit within the Counterespionage Section at FBI headquarters. In 2007, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of a counterintelligence squad in the San Antonio Field Office, Austin Resident Agency, the FBI said.

In 2009, he became the Chief of the Civilian Intelligence Officers in the Operations and Investigations Unit at headquarters. In 2011,  Kable served as the assistant section chief of the Counterespionage Section, and in 2012 he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Branch of the Los Angeles Field Office, according to a press release.

Before joining the FBI, Kable was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy in the Pacific.

Terry Wade Named Top FBI Agent in Albuquerque

Terry Wade

Terry Wade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terry Wade, a special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles FBI, has been named the top FBI agent in the Albuquerque Division.

Wade joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to Helena, Mont. He transferred to the Oklahoma City division, where he worked violent crimes, drug and white-collar violations.

In 2001, he was promoted to a supervisory position in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters in  D.C. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of the Flagstaff Resident Agency of the Phoenix Division, according to an FBI press release.

In 2007, Wade was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division, where he was responsible for the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, and intelligence programs, as well as the crisis management program and SWAT team.

Between December 2008 and April 2009,  Wade served as the deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq.

Before joining the FBI, he began his law enforcement career  as an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation,

 

Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

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ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.