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Jeffrey S. Sallet Named Associate Deputy Director of FBI

FBI Special Agent Jeffrey S. Sallet

By Steve Neavling

Jeffrey S. Sallet has been tapped to serve as the associate deputy director of the FBI. 

Sallet will oversee the bureau’s employees, budget, administration, and infrastructure, as well as the inspections and insider threat programs. 

He most recently served as the executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch.

Sallet launched his career with the FBI as a special agent in 1997 in the New York Field Office. During the 9/11 investigation, he was tasked with investigating al Qaeda’s finances.

In 2005, Sallet joined the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters, where he managed La Cosa Nostra investigations in the northeastern U.S. 

In 2007, he was transferred to the Providence Resident Agency in Rhode Island. A year later, he was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent, in charge of all counterterrorism, public corruption, civil rights, government fraud, and organized crime investigations in Rhode Island.

In 2012, Sallet became assistant special agent in charge in the Boston Field Office, overseeing white-collar crime, public corruption, health care fraud, and civil rights matters. He also led the Boston Marathon bombing investigation in April 2013.

In 2014, Sallet moved to FBI headquarters to serve as chief of the Public Corruption/Civil Rights Section in the Criminal Investigative Division. 

A year later, Sallet was promoted to special agent in charge of the New Orleans Field Office and then led the Chicago office in 2017. 

He was promoted to associate executive assistant director of the Finance and Facilities Division in 2019.

Sallet became executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch in 2020. 

Before joining the FBI, Sallet was an auditor and forensic accountant in the private sector. He is a certified public accountant and a certified financial forensics professional.

Kieran Ramsey Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Portland Field Office

By Steve Neavling

Kieran Ramsey has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Portland Field Office. 

Most recently, Ramsey was the director of the FBI Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell (HRFC) in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 1998, Ramsey joined the bureau as a special agent in the Seattle Field Office, where he served on a public corruption task force, an organized crime squad, and the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force. Ramsey also was the senior leader of Seattle’s Evidence Response Team and deployed to the World Trade Center after 9/11.

In 2005, Ramsey became supervisory special agent and worked in the Counterterrorism HUMINT Operations Unit at FBI headquarters. 

In 2007, he was promoted to legal attaché in Cairo, where he served as the principal FBI official for U.S. embassies in Egypt, Sudan, and Libya.

In 2019, Ramsey was tapped as supervisory senior resident agent of the New Hampshire offices under the Boston Field Office, where he also directed the New Hampshire Safe Streets Task Force and the New Hampshire Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

In 2013, he became assistant special agent in charge of the Boston’s Counterterrorism Branch and led the Boston Marathon Bombing Task Force.

In 2017, he served as legal attaché in Rome in 2017, covering Italy, The Holy See, and Malta. 

Ramsey was promoted to section chief in 2018 and named the director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell (MRFC), an interagency that leads the U.S. government’s efforts to recover U.S. national hostages held abroad.

Before joining the bureau, Ramsey was a special agent with the U.S. Customs Service. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston and a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington.

Jason A. Forget Takes Over As Special Agent in Charge of DEA’s Washington Division

DEA Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget.

By Steve Neavling

Jarod A. Forget, a 17-year veteran of the DEA, has been named special agent in charge of the agency’s Washington Division. 

Forget was promoted from his role as assistant special agent of the Washington Division, where he oversaw groups across Norther Virginia, Maryland and D.C. and established the new D.C. Heroin-Violent Crime Task Force.   

“SAC Forget brings with him a depth of experience, knowledge, and ability that will greatly benefit the Washington Division and the local community,” DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea said in a statement. “I’m confident SAC Forget will embody the highest standards of DEA excellence in his new role as he has throughout his career.”

In 2004, Forget joined the DEA, serving as a special agent assigned to the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force. He went on to work at the Guadalajara, Mexico Office, where he directed enforcement operations against Mexico’s most notorious and ruthless drug cartels, such as the Sinaloa Cartel and the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.

Forget has also held leadership positions in the Miami Division, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Washington Division. 

“He has led many global enforcement operations, worked to disrupt violent, large-scale, international drug trafficking organizations, shut down illicit opioid dealers from China and Mexico, and established collaborative strike forces to combat local community issues like violent crime and opioids,” the DEA said.

“Forget has a passion for the value of community-oriented policing, helping families affected by overdose, and keeping our neighborhoods safe from the scourge of violence drug trafficking can bring. In addition, Forget is keenly interested in local youth development through outreach and engagement organizations, and plans to continue and develop community outreach programs throughout the region.”

A Massachusetts native, Forget received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international affairs from Northeastern University. He also a fluent Spanish speaker.

Ex-U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2020

By Allan Lengel

These have been extraordinary times for people working for the Justice Department. Standing for what’s right in the Trump era has often come with consequences.

Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

Geoffrey S. Berman, the ex-U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, knows that as well as anyone. Berman oversaw the office when it was investigating President Trump’s allies. In June, Trump fired him after Attorney General William Barr shamefully and unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to step down.

To his credit, Berman agreed not to fight his dismissal after Barr agreed to name Berman’s handpicked deputy, Audrey Strauss, someone with a great deal of integrity and experience, as the new U.S. Attorney. These days, not everyone has the backbone to stand up for what’s right.

To that end, we salute Geoffrey Berman and select him as the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2020.

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); John G. Perren, who was assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate (2012); David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism in Los Angeles (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); and DEA agent Joe Piersante (2019).

Anthony S. Good Named Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Grand Forks Sector

Anthony S. Good, chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Grand Forks Sector in North Dakota.

By Steve Neavling

Anthony S. Good has been named chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s Grand Forks Sector in North Dakota. 

Beginning Dec. 20, Good will replace acting Chief Patrol Agent William J. Maddocks. 

Good joined the Border Patrol in 2001, serving at the Calexico Station in the El Centro Sector. He was promoted to numerous leadership positions, including supervisory Border Patrol agent at Blythe Station in the Yuma Sector, special operations supervisor of the Deming Station in the El Paso Sector, assistant chief within the Planning Branch at Border Patrol Headquarters, and deputy patrol agent in charge of the Ajo Station in the Tucson Sector. 

In 2016, Good became division chief of Operational Programs and division chief of operations at the Laredo Sector in 2017. In 2018, Good was promoted to deputy chief patrol agent of the Havre Sector.

 “I am excited for this new opportunity and proud to be serving with everyone in the Grand Forks Sector,” Good said in a statement. “Border security is national security and everyone plays a role in keeping our nation and our communities safe. I will ensure that as a sector we continue to maintain and enhance our great relationships with our strategic partners as well as our communities.” 

Grand Forks Sector oversees North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri and includes seven Border Patrol stations along 861 miles of land and water border with Canada.  

William Barr Stepping Down as Attorney General

By Allan Lengel

After the relationship turned contentious it came as no surprise that Attorney General William Barr would be leaving early, one way or another.

On Monday, President Trump tweeted:

Carl E. Landrum Appointed Deputy Chief Border Patrol Agent for the Laredo Sector

Carl Landrum, deputy chief Border Patrol agent for the Laredo Sector in Texas.

By Steve Neavling

Carl E. Landrum has been tapped to serve as deputy chief Border Patrol agent for the Laredo Sector in Texas. 

Since joining Border Patrol in 1996, Landum has served in numerous supervisory and command positions, including special agent with the Federal Air Marshal Service in New York City and assistant chief patrol agent at Border Patrol headquarters in Washington D.C.

In 2011, Landrum was promoted to patrol agent in charge of the Cotulla Border Patrol Station in Texas, and in 2012, he became patrol agent in charge of the Laredo North Border Patrol Station. 

In 2014, Landum was promoted to division chief at the Laredo Sector. He also created the Department of Homeland Security Joint Task Force West in San Antonio. 

In 2016, he became deputy chief patrol agent of the Yuma Sector. 

Before joining Border Patrol, Landrum received a bachelor’s degree of science in information systems from the University of Phoenix. He earned a master’s degree in strategic studies form the U.S. Army War College and became the first civilian to attend the school’s Advanced Strategic Art Program.

The Laredo Sector covers over more than 84,000 square miles in 96 counties from the U.S.-Mexico border to the borders of Texasand Oklahoma and Arkansas and has more than 1,900 employees. The Laredo Sector has nine stations: Laredo North, Laredo South, Laredo West, Zapata, Cotulla, Hebbronville, Freer, San Antonio, and Dallas. 

Brian Dugan Becomes Special Agent in Charge of Norfolk Field Office

Brian Dugan, special agent in charge of the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia.

By Steve Neavling

Brian Dugan, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia. 

Dugan most recently was the section chief of the HUMINT Operations Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dugan became a special agent with the FBI in 1998, getting assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he primarily investigated domestic terrorism. 

In 1999, he joined the San Francisco Field Office to investigate gangs.

In 2006, Dugan became an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he developed new law enforcement and human intelligence courses for the bureau. 

In 2009, he left the FBI Academy and began working on a violent gang squad in the Northern Virginia Resident Agency of the Washington Field Office.

In 2013, Dugan was promoted to supervisory special agent and joined the Chicago Field Office, where he led a squad investigating child pornography and human trafficking. He also established a new gang squad addressing gun and gang violence on the city’s north side. 

In 2017, Dugan was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of a counterintelligence branch at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated and helped prosecute several espionage subjects and ran counterproliferation operations.

In 2019, Dugan became section chief in the Directorate of Intelligence.

Before joining the FBI, Dugan served in the U.S. Marine Corps. and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, rising to captain and serving in Japan, Korea, and Russia. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree of science in criminal justice from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in business administration from Touro University of California.