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Veteran Special Agent in FBI to Head N.C. Department of Public Safety

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frank Perry, who served 22 years as a special agent for the FBI, was named as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Triangle Business Journal writes.

Gov. Pat McCrory made the appointment after Perry began serving as the department’s interim secretary earlier this month.

“Frank Perry has dedicated his life to public safety, primarily through his distinguished FBI career,” McCrory said in an announcement. “He brings a wealth of real-world experience to the helm of DPS in addition to his dedication to public service.”

Perry is a North Carolina graduate who was completing doctoral work on ethics and political philosophy when he was recruited by the FBI, according to the Triangle Business Journal.

Longtime Agent Monica M. Miller To Head FBI in Northern California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Monica M. Miller, who has abundant experience investigating violent crime and public corruption, has been tapped as the leader of the FBI’s Sacramento field office, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Miller will replace Herb M. Brown, who departed last year to take a job with the Central California Intelligence Center.

Miller was the bureau’s senior detailee to the CIA, overseeing counterespionage employees.

Miller’s new territory stretches from Oregon to south of Bakersfield, Calif., the Bee reported.

She joined the FBI in 1989.

Robert Foley, Head of FBI’s Detroit Office, is Stepping Down Because of Family Illness

Robert Foley/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Detroit’s FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Foley, whose family home was custom built in the Motor City when he took the job nearly a year ago, told the Detroit Free Press today that he is stepping down.

But the East Coast native isn’t leaving the FBI; he’s taking a job fighting public corruption in Florida, the Free Press reported.

Foley, whose career with the FBI spans 17 years, said his move was prompted by a recent health issue in his family. He said he’s moving to Florida because he has a lot of family support there.

“I fell in love with the people, their worth ethic, their strength,” Foley told the Free Press of Detroiters. “Despite the many challenging economic issues here … Detroit will turn around. It’s a place full of hope, inspiration and hard work that will get it to turn around.”

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is Saluted

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By JOSH GERSTEIN
Politico

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Bob Mueller was saluted by top Justice Department officials and other colleagues Thursday as he prepares to give up the leadership of the premier federal law enforcement agency — an organization he took over just a week before the Sept. 11 attacks.

“This is a moment we’ve all really been dreading for quite some time: the day we have to try to do our jobs without Bob Mueller,” Attorney General Eric Holder told a crowd of several hundred gathered in the Great Hall at the Justice Department headquarters. “He has, in short, set the standard for what it means to be the director of the FBI.”

The send-off event turned out a who’s who of the U.S. national security apparatus, including former Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet and current Director John Brennan.

To read the full story click here.

Cory B. Nelson, Head of Chicago’s FBI Office, to Retire After Just Seven Months

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of Chicago’s FBI Office, is leaving his post after just seven month to take a job in the private sector, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

The 51-year-old notified the bureau Wednesday that he was leaving for a job with insurance and banking firm USAA in San Antonio, according to the Sun Times.

Nelson, who held a low public profile, had replaced Rob Grant for the top FBI job in Chicago.

What’s unclear is why he left. Some are speculating that he left because of sequesters or the inevitable turnover to happen when a new FBI director takes over, according to the Sun Times.

Vincent Lisi Becomes New Agent in Charge of Boston FBI Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Vincent Lisi, who has served in numerous jobs as an FBI agent since 1989, has been named the new leader of the agency’s Boston office, the Associated Press reports.

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced Wednesday that Lisi would replace Richard DesLauriers, who is retiring after more than 26 years with the FBI.

Most recently, Lisi served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.

He also helped investigate the 2001 Anthrax attacks and served as a legal attache in Yemen.

DesLauriers headed the office during the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

Laura Bucheit Takes Helm at FBI’s Las Vegas Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura A. Bucheit, who served as a special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, has been named special agent in charge of the agency’s Las Vegas Division, the Las-Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Bucheit’s career with the FBI began in 1996 at the Baltimore Division, where she investigated terrorism and other serious crimes. She then became the Baltimore Division’s first female SWAT team member.

Bucheit is no stranger to Las Vegas. In January 2005, she began to oversee FBI international and domestic terrorism probes.

President Obama to Announce Nomination of James Comey to Head of FBI Today

 

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama today plans to make the long-anticipated announcement that he’s nominating James B. Comey, a senior Justice department under President George W. Bush, to take the helm at the FBI, White House officials told The New York Times.

The administration’s plan is to convince the Senate to conform Comey by Sept. 3, when the current FBI head, Robert S. Mueller III, is prepared to step down, according to The Times.

But administration officials expect a grueling nomination process that likely will begin when the Senate is back in session in August.

FBI officials said they want to avoid having an interim FBI director.