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The FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge in Oregon Takes Helm Monday

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gregory T. Bretzing, a former accountant who joined the FBI in 1995, will take the helm at the FBI’s Oregon office on Monday.

Bretzing will become special agent in charge after serving as inspector at the bureau’s Washington D.C. headquarters for the past 18 months.

Bretzing, 47, also supervised a joint terrorism task force in Salt Lake City.

Bretzing has five children.

Ex-FBI Director Mueller III Joins Law Firm as Partner After Many Years of Public Service

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is joining the private sector.

The New York Times reports that Mueller, who served as director for 12 years before stepping down in September, is becoming a partner of the law firm WilmerHale.

“Bob brings to the firm his broad range of experience as a career prosecutor, an ability to lead the most sensitive investigations, his steady hand in a crisis and unquestioned integrity,” Robert Novick, co-managing partner of WilmerHale, said in a statement.

Mueller brings quite the background, which includes a Princeton degree, a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam and years as the U.S. attorney in both San Francisco and Boston.

FBI Agent, Who Spent Most of Career Keeping Tabs on Ku Klux Klansman, Dies at 92

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Dargan Frierson, whose career with the FBI included keeping tabs on the Ku Klux Klan, died Saturday.

He was 92, the News & Record reports.

His son recalls his father working a “tough assignment.”

“I remember him getting calls in the middle of the night, having to drive down to the Eastern part of the state, where they had a bombing, Dargan Frierson Jr. said of his father. “But he did it every day. Put in those extra hours. He was a hardworking agent. He was courageous. He was a great father and grandfather.”

Dargan Frierson spent much of his career recruiting KKK members, including George Dorsett, chaplain of the United Klans of America.

FBI Agent Mikulski Dies at Age 50 After Fight with Long-term Illness, Wife Says

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mark J. Mikulski, a supervisory agent at the FBI for nearly 20 years, died at the age of 50 following a fight with multiple myeloma.

The Washington Post reports that Mikulski died Feb. 25 at Reston Hospital Center in Virginia.

Mikulski led technology programs that detected terrorist threats.

A native of Buffalo, Mikulski graduated from the University of Bufallo in 1985 and joined the FBI a decade later.

Mikulski also was a Boy Scouts troop leader and a representative to the FBI Agents Association.

 

Former Secret Service Leader Michael Mullen Named to Management Team of Cyveillance

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Mullen, a former assistant to the special agent in charge of the Secret Service, has joined Cyveillance as vice president of security services, PR Newswire reports.

Mullen served for 25 years as a special agent.

In his new role, Mullen will oversee products that include web and social media monitoring and assessing threats.

“Mike’s outstanding career in the Secret Service and his experience in working with global enterprises to control and mitigate corporate risk made him a natural choice to lead this practice,” Scott Kaine, president of Cyveillance, said. “Enterprises continue to seek new methods to address threats to their virtual and physical assets. With Mike leading our Security Services team, we will expand our capabilities to better help organizations proactively understand and respond to threats using the intelligence we provide from global online sources.”

DEA Albuquerque Office Gets New Leadership Role As Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sean R. Waite, a longtime DEA agent, has been appointed as a new agent in charge of the agency’s Albuquerque, NM, office, the Republic reports.

Waite replaces Keith Brown, who left to become the agent in charge of the DEA’s New Orleans field office last year.

The office is part of the El Paso Field Division, which has been busy with synthetic drug trafficking.

ATF Agent Awarded for His Time Spent Mentoring for Big Brothers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As if being an ATF agent wasn’t busy enough, Larry Wozniak has spent countless hours mentoring a boy who is now 17 years old.

CBS LA reports that Wozniak was named Orange County’s Big Brother of the year for his time dedicated to mentoring children.

“Sometimes you see kids that stray for different reasons and I just want to try and have a positive influence and impact on at least one kid’s life,” Wozniak.

The little brother, Geoffrey, said he’s a better person because of Wozniak.

“He really taught me to not think just about myself but about the community,” Geoffrey said.

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FBI’s William Sweeney Named SAC of Counterterrorism in NY; Adam Lee to Head Richmond Office

Adam Lee

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey named William F. Sweeney, Jr. as special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office and Adam S. Lee as head of the FBI’s Richmond, Va., Division.

Sweeney most recently served as the special assistant to the FBI’s deputy director at FBI headquarters. He became an agent in 1998.

Lee most recently served as section chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights

William Sweeney

Section at FBI Headquarters. In this role, he led the FBI’s two highest priority criminal investigative programs, which include investigations of elected and appointed government officials and civil rights violations. Lee also led the FBI’s global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Antitrust Programs.

Lee began his career as an agent in 1996.