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FBI Announces a Whole Lot of High-Level Appointments

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There were a whole lot of new appointments announced at the FBI this week.

Andrew G. McCabe was named assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He last served as deputy assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.

Robert Holley/fbi photo

Jennifer R. Sanchez was named assistant director of the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD). Her most recent post was that of the division’s deputy assistant director.

Dean C. Bryant was named special agent in charge of the St. Louis Field Office. He most recently served as the chief of the Critical Incident Response Group’s Hazardous Devices Operations Section near Quantico, Virginia.

Robert J. Holley was named deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Operations Branch I. Holley most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Division.

John Perren

Steven M. Martinez was named executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch.He most recently served as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

Ralph Boelter

Ralph S. Boelter was named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, the top post in that office. Boelter most recently served as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division.

John G. Perren was named  the assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. He most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division. Ticklethewire.com first reported this in March.

FBI Agent Ralph Boelter Who Helped Investigate Valerie Plame Case to Head LA Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Ralph S. Boelter, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, who also helped investigate the leak case involving CIA agent Valerie Plame, has landed one of the more coveted spots in the field.

Bolter will take over the Los Angeles division as assistant director in charge.

Boelter began his career in 1991 and was first assigned to the Boston division where he investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, and criminal enterprise cases.

In December 1997, he was promoted to the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where he oversaw many of the Bureau’s violent crime and fugitive investigations.

In 2000, it was off to Los Angeles to supervise the Violent Crime and Criminal Enterprise squad in the Long Beach Resident Agency.

He later served as acting assistant special agent in charge of the Violent Crime and Criminal Enterprise Branch in November 2001 and was officially named to the position in January 2003.

In April 2005, he was assigned to help direct the sensitive investigation of the unauthorized disclosure of CIA Agent Valerie Plame.

He returned to FBI Headquarters in September 2005 where he was named an inspector.

In 2006, he was named head of the Minneapolis office.

In April 2011, Boelter was appointed deputy assistant director of the newly formed Strategic Operations Branch in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.

In September 2011, he assumed the responsibilities of acting assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division, and a few months later, was formally appointed to the position.

 

 

Bryant to Head St. Louis FBI Office

Dean Bryant/fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Dean C. Bryant is taking over the St. Louis FBI office.

Bryant, the chief of the Critical Incident Response Group’s Hazardous Devices Operations Section near Quantico, Va., was the senior FBI executive and chairman of the Joint Program Office responsible for coordinating with the interagency and the White House’s National Security Staff.

He started with the FBI in 1991, and was assigned to the Miami division, where he worked public corruption, violent crimes and fugitives.

In 2000, he transferred to the Mobile Field Division’s Monroeville Resident Agency.

In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in and assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.

He was als deployed to Qatar and Iraq in support of the FBI’s mission.

In 2005,  Bryant became the supervisory senior resident agent of the Springfield and Joplin, Missouri Resident Agencies, which are part of the Kansas City Field Office. He was responsible for FBI investigations of all violations in 32 counties within Missouri and Kansas. During this assignment, Mr. Bryant served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq in support of the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2008, Byant was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, where he supervised the Aviation, Surveillance, and Technical Programs.

 

FBI Announces Kenneth L. Moore New Special Agent in Charge of Knoxville Division

Kenneth Moore/fbi photo

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Kenneth L. Moore has been appointed special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville Division, the FBI announced in a press release. Moore has served as chief inspector in the FBI’s Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters since April 2011.

Moore’s career began in 1987 in Little Rock. He later went on to fill posts in Detroit, Memphis, and Jackson, focusing on civil rights cases as well as white-collar crimes and drug trafficking, and ultimately counterterroris, including serving as on-scene commander for FBI operations in Afghanistan, where he was responsible for all deployed FBI personnel and assets.

Moore was promoted into the FBI’s Senior Executive Service as an inspector in the Office of Inspections in 2009, leading to his most recent post as chief inspector.

He replaces Richard Lambert, who retired in March. Lambert once headed the FBI probe into the anthrax attacks.

FBI’s Michael Steinbach to Head Jacksonville Division

fbi photo

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael B. Steinbach is taking over the FBI’s Jacksonville Division.

Steinbach, the special assistant to associate deputy director Thomas Harrington at FBI Headquarters, began his career in April 1995 and was first assigned to the Chicago divison, working fugitives and violent crimes.

In 2003, he went to headquarters as a supervisor in the Counterterrorism Division.

Part of his job there was to provide program management for FBI operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Afghanistan.

In 2004, he headed off to Afghanistan to serve as the deputy on-scene commander for FBI operations. As result of his stint there, he was awarded the Shield of Bravery.

In 2005, Mr. Steinbach he was promoted to assistant legal attaché for Tel Aviv, Israel, and in January 2006 he was appointed as legal attaché there.

While in Israel, he worked with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on FBI investigative matters, with an emphasis on national security issues.

In 2008, he became a supervisor of the Violent Crimes Task Force at the FBI Washington Field Office.

In 2009, he was promoted to assistant section chief for the International Terrorism Operations Section, Counterterrorism Division.

In May 2010, he became deputy director for Law Enforcement Services at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Later that year, he was assigned to his most recent post.

In October of that year, he was appointed to his most recent post.

 

 

New ATF Special Agent In Charge of LA Field Division

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Steven J. Bogdalek is the new head of ATF in Los Angeles, which includes Southern California, the agency announced.

Bogdalek began his career with ATF in Detroit in 1987, according to the PR Newswire.

From 2002 until this latest appointment, he served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division, overseeing five criminal enforcement groups and one intelligence group in a three-state area. These were instrumental in the investigation, arrest and conviction of numerous violent street gangs.

To read more click here.

 

Ex-Interim U.S. Atty in Detroit Gets Nomination for Fed Judgeship

Terrance Berg/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Former interim U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg, who lost out in his bid to become the permanent U.S. Attorney in Detroit under the Obama administration, has gotten a nice consolation prize.

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Berg, 52, for a federal judgeship, the Detroit News reported.

The nomination was first reported by the Detroit News.

“The president has made an outstanding choice in nominating Terry Berg to the federal district court bench. He is hard-working, courteous, unflappable and smart — all important qualities for a judge,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade told the News. McQuade ended up getting the job as U.S. Attorney instead of Berg.

 

Long-Time U.S. Atty. Spokesman Patrick Crosby Departs to Start PR and Media Consulting Firm

Patrick Crosby

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Patrick Crosby, the quick-witted press spokesman and long-time fixture in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, is moving on. He had been with the office for 15 years.

Crosby, a former investigative reporter and anchorman, has opened a media and public relations service called GeorgiaNewsmakers.com. While in the media, he won two  Emmys and a national Telly.

“For Georgia’s legal community, business and other independents, why is someone else making headlines, or used as an expert source and not you?,” his website says. “Have you had true media training from a true professional and not someone who happens to have some peripheral experience and works for a PR firm?”

“It is your opportunity to play to your strengths, exhibit your expertise, and have the opportunity to be a public figure expert, case study, feature, or participant in the mainstream, in the media, print, broadcast, narrowcast, specialty media, social media, and community events, all arranged for you, and written for you as well,” the site says.