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New Head of FBI Office in Philadelphia Finds Inspiration from Old Photo of His Dad

Ed Hanko

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Ed Hanko took over as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia office, he prominently displayed a photo of his father standing with about 60 other helmeted coal miners at a plant in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The weathered black-and-white photo on his bookshelf reminds Hanko of how hard is father worked without making it to high school. 

The Inquirer wrote that Hanko was 12 when he and his father toured the mine. When they re-emerged, his father told Hanko to stay in school and get a good job.

“Whenever I feel like I’m having a bad day,” Hanko, now 52, said, “I look at the picture of my father.”

Special Agent in Charge of FBI Office in Buffalo Headed to Terrorists Screening Center

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Christopher M. Piehota, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Buffalo, will leave soon to become director of the Terrorists Screening Center in Washington D.C. , the Buffalo News reports.

“To be honest, it’s one of the first lines of defense in our national security,” he said of the screening center, a multiagency organization known for the “Terrorist Watchlist.”

The center was created a few years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Piehota worked at the center before and helped develop and maintain a database of suspected terrorists and the no-fly list.

Meet the New Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

 It created a buzz in D.C. before the announcement.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his intention to name Julia A. Pierson as the 23rd Director of the U.S. Secret Service and the first woman to head the agency.

The following is a press release that was posted on the Secret Service website:

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to name Julia A. Pierson as the 23rd Director of the United States Secret Service.

Julia Pierson is a career law enforcement executive with more than 30 years of experience with the United States Secret Service. Ms. Pierson’s extensive knowledge of agency stems from her leadership of high impact initiatives in both aspects of its core mission of protection and investigations along with her skills in strategic planning, risk management, human capital management, program management and budget development and execution. Over the past year, Ms. Pierson led the organization’s efforts to enhance professionalism throughout the workforce by representing the Secret Service on a working group of senior level executives. Since assuming the role of Chief of Staff in 2008, her responsibilities included overseeing the Secret Service’s complex information technology and business process modernization efforts.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Pierson served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Human Resources and Training (HRT). In that position, Ms. Pierson was responsible for overseeing all human resource and training programs for the Secret Service. Ms. Pierson oversaw organizational policy development and strategic management of the agency’s Workforce Planning Programs, Personnel Division, Security Clearance Division and the James J. Rowley Training Center basic and operational training programs.

Ms. Pierson also served as Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Protective Operations, where she was responsible for daily security operations, workforce readiness and strategic planning to support the Presidential and Vice Presidential Protective Divisions, Dignitary Protective Division, as well as National Special Security Events and Presidential Campaign activities. Beyond her operational experience, Ms. Pierson served as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Administration, where she oversaw the agency’s budget and all administrative operations including strategic planning, budgeting, finance, procurement, and property management activities.

Ms. Pierson served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Tampa Field Office and was responsible for directing Secret Service investigative and protective activities in western Florida. Ms. Pierson established an Electronic Crimes Task Force to investigate cyber crimes in the Tampa Bay area.

Ms. Pierson is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and has completed graduate course studies in public policy at The George Washington University. She has been a member of the federal Senior Executive Service (SES) since 2003 and was the recipient of an SES Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 2008. A long time proponent of law enforcement officers and their families, Ms. Pierson has been actively involved in supporting the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). A native of Orlando, Florida, Ms. Pierson began her career in the Secret Service as a special agent assigned to the Miami and Orlando field offices. Prior to joining the Secret Service, Ms. Pierson served as a police officer in Orlando, Florida.

Edward Hanko To Run Philly FBI

Edward Hanko

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Edward J. Hanko has been named the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division.

Hanko most recently served as  special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division and was responsible for FBI investigations in central and southern Ohio.

Hanko joined the FBI in 1986 and was first assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, he was transferred to the Newark Field Office, where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations, according to a press release.

Three years later, Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, where he worked drug, organized crime, and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002, the press release said.

Hanko transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he instructed new agents, police officers, and Command Staff College attendees.

He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007, and in October 2009, was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division.

He served as an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1981-86.

 

J. Edgar Hoover’s ex-Top Aide Cartha “Deke” DeLoach Dead at 92

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a former top aide to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, died Wednesday in South Carolina at age 92, the Island Packett newspaper reported.

He was a longtime resident of Hilton Head Island.

The paper reported that he worked on the investigation into the slaying of Martin Luther King Jr. and sat next to agent Mark Felt, who in recent years became known as “Deep Throat,” the source for the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during Watergate.

As deputy director under Hoover, the paper reported, he called President Johnson to tell him about the bodies of three slain civil rights workers in Mississippi.

He authored the book “Hoover’s FBI: The Inside Story by Hoover’s Trusted Lieutenant” and defended Hoover’s handling of civil rights matters, the paper reported.

He was also a consultant for the 2011 Clint Eastwood film on Hoover.

To read more click here. 

 

Justice Department’s Civil Rights Head Expected to Be Nominated Labor Secretary

Thomas Perez

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama is expected to nominate Thomas Perez, a civil rights expert, as his choice to head the Department of Labor, the Associated Press reports.

Head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division since 2009, the 51-year-old could be nominated as early as today.

Perez led an effort to challenge voter ID laws in South Carolina and Texas because of the potential to restrict minority voting rights, the AP reported.

Perez has support from organized labor and many Hispanics.

James Yacone, head of Denver FBI, Leaving to Head Up Elite Bureau Unit in Virginia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After nearly two years as special agent in charge of the Denver FBI office, James F. Yacone is on his way out to head up an elite FBI unit called   Critical Incident Response Group in Virginia, the Denver Post reports.

James F. Yacone plans to exit March 15, and he’ll replace Robert Blecksmith, who retired, as assistant director at the group, according to the Post. 

Yacone is a graduate of West Point, a decorated combat veteran and a criminal investigator.

Yacone has worked for the FBI since 1995.

Retired Secret Service Agent Rex Scouten, Known for His Long Service, Died at 88

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Rex Scouten served 10 families as a Secret Service agent and was so popular that then-President Ronald Reagan named his dog “Rex” in honor of the Scouten.

The Washington Post reports that Scouten, who lived in Fairfax, VA., died Wednesday at a local hospital at the age of 88.

Harry S. Truman was president when Scouten first became a Secret Service agent. He continued the job through Bill Clinton’s presidency, the Post reported.

Scouten was promoted in 1969 to chief usher, a post he held until 1986.

The Post wrote that Scouten retired briefly before becoming the White House curator at President Reagan’s request.

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