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Former FBI Agent Who Became VP of New York Yankees Dies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Phil McNiff, a former FBI agent and executive vice president of the New York Yankees, died Sunday, The Tampa Tribune reports. 

McNiff died following “a long, difficult battle with an illness that sapped his memory and his remarkable spirit of caring for people.”

McNiff, whose older brother also worked for the FBI, graduated from George Washington University and served in the Navy before joining the bureau.

After retiring from the FBI in 1980, McNiff became executive vice president of the Yankees.

Richard Frankel Becomes Agent in Charge of Newark Division in New Jersey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard Frankel, who began his FBI career as a special agent in the New York Field Office in 1995, is the new agent in charge of the bureau’s Newark Division, MyCentralJersey.com reports.

Comey named Frankel to the position after serving in several different positions in New York. He fought organized crime and terrorism and served as assistant special agent in charge of the New York Field Office.

Frankel also served as associate director of national intelligence in the Office of the Director of National intelligence beginning in 2011.

In addition, Frankal worked in the Inspection Division at FBI’s Headquarters as a team leader.

“Throughout his career, Frankel has served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan and led a team who supported U.S. Special Forces components,” MyCentralJersey.com wrote. “He was also the on-scene commander for FBI personnel that investigated the bombing of the Rugby Club in Uganda during the World Cup and he led the team that arrested the surviving pirate involved in the Maersk Alabama incident off the coast of Somalia and investigated the terror attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya.”

Head of FBI’s Newark Division Retiring to Take Job with PSE&G

Aaron Ford

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aaron Ford, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark division, is retiring and taking a job with PSE&G, NJ.com reports.

Ford, who also served as the agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis division, will finish his 30-year FBI career today.

He will be in charge of PSE&G’s internal investigations, serving as the head of the utility’s Business Assurance and Resilience department.

“Even though I am leaving a top notch agency, I am confident I am joining a great company in PSE&G that shares similar values of integrity, which is due to the outstanding workforce they have,” Ford said.

Ford became head of the Newark division in April 2013.

Former Mississippi U.S. Attorney George Phillips Dies at 65 After Battle With Cancer

George Phillips

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George Phillips, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi from 1980 to 1994 and oversaw corruption cases, including the FBI’s Operation Pretense, which led to the prosecutions of 57 Mississippi supervisors on corruption charges, has died the Clarion-Ledger reports.. He was 65.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that he died of cancer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy of Jackson told the paper that Phillips was “like a second Dad to me. He was a Christian, and his character reflected that. He was honest, truthful and passionate about life, both personally and professionally. George is the reason I have a career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.”

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DEA’s #2 Person, Thomas Harrigan, Retires to Join the Private Sector

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas M. Harrigan, DEA’s number two person who was confirmed by the Senate as deputy administrator in March 2012, has retired from the agency to join the private sector.

Harrigan stepped down at the end of December.

Harrigan joined the DEA in 1987 and was first assigned to the New York Division.

Joseph Moses, a special agent and spokesman for DEA, said Wednesday that no replacement has been named as of yet.

Harrigan has joined CACI, a company based in Arlington, Va., that describes itself as providing “information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers.”

FBI Director Names 2 New Special Agents in Charge: Scott Bean and Roger Stanton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey made two announcements Monday involving new assignments.

Scott Bean has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Administrative Division of the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as section chief for the Technical Surveillance Section of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters. He began his career with the FBI in 1997.

Comey also announced that Roger C. Stanton has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Birmingham Division. Stanton most recently served as section chief of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) section in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG). He began his career with the bureau in 1995.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2014

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Loretta E. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2014.

Lynch, who was appointed to the post by President Obama in 2010, is known as a solid leader with strong management skills. She has shown a steady hand in leading the office, which has indicted a number of high-impact cases without worrying about generating media publicity.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lynch’s skill set and professionalism made her a natural pick for President Obama, who has nominated her to replace Eric Holder Jr. as Attorney General.  She’s gotten the endorsements of law enforcement including the the FBI Agents Association, which said in a statement in November:

“The FBIAA appreciates the importance of Attorney General leadership, and we look forward to working with Ms. Lynch, who has been a strong supporter of FBI Agents from her days as a trial attorney to her time as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York”

This is Lynch’s second tour of duty as head of the office in Brooklyn. She headed the office from 1999 to 2001 under President Clinton.

Her office is known for its steady flow of indictments ranging from mob cases to public corruption to stock fraud.

She is the second U.S. Attorney to receive the award since it was first given in 2008. The first year, the award went to then-Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Besides Fitzgerald, previous recipients have included:  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) and Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011) and David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterrorism in Los Angeles. Bowdich was just named assistant director in charge of the LA office.

 

Head of FBI’s Birmingham Office to Retire, Spend More Time with Family

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

After 31 years of federal service, Richard D. Schwein Jr. is retiring as the head of Birmingham’s FBI office, AL.com reports.

Schwein said he wants to spend more time with his family in North Carolina, where his wife and twin girls live.

“I have decided my family needs me more than the FBI,” Schwein said.

No replacement has been announced.

Retirement for Schwein doesn’t mean he won’t be working. He’s taken a job as director of Safety and Security at Mars Hill University near Asheville, AL.com wrote.

Schwein had a successful career, supervising the manhunt for serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and taking a leading role in FBI operations in Iraq.

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