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NJ. Gov Christie Taps Ex-FBI Official for Homeland Security Post

 

Edward Dickson/nj gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Edward Dickson, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, is the latest ex-fed to join the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, the ex-U.S. Attorney for Newark, announced Thursday that Dickson will become the state’s Director of Homeland Security and National Preparedness, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The paper reported that Dickson served four years as assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark division. His time overlapped with Christie while Christie was U.S. Attorney.

“I had the opportunity to see Ed’s extraordinary work ethic and his commitment to our state and our nation’s security up close,” Christie said at a news conference in the Statehouse, according to the paper. “Ed was on my short list from the time I was elected governor to come and work with me in the administration.”

Head of Dallas FBI Robert E. Casey Calling it Quits

Robert Casey Jr./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s the end of the road for Robert E. Casey.

The veteran FBI agent is stepping down April 30 after five years as head of the bureau’s Dallas office, according to the Associated Press. He’s planning to retire and join the private sector, AP reported.

Casey, 54, was named special agent in charge of the office in May 2006. He joined the bureau in 1986.

His tenure as head of the office included the high-profile sting involving Hosam Smadi, who thought he was detonating a bomb to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.

He was also the target of threats from an agent in the office who was going through marital problems with his wife, who also worked for the FBI. The agent was sentenced to prison.

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New Home For Phoenix FBI Opens

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Phoenix FBI has a new home.

A 210,202-square-foot building on N. Seventh Street officially opened Wednesday, the Phoenix Business Journal reported. It was built by Ryan Cos., a Minneapolis-based company.

The paper reported that the building consolidates four previous Phoenix FBI locations.

“With more than double the previous space, the Phoenix employees will benefit from a large stand-alone FBI field office, with many improvements to include tighter security and upgraded technology,” said James Turgal Jr., FBI Special Agent-In-Charge, Phoenix Division, according to the paper.

 

Ex-DEA Agent Grayling Williams to Head Internal Investigations for Baltimore PD

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-DEA official and ex-presidential appointee Grayling Williams has been hired to head up internal investigations for the Baltimore Police Department, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The paper reports that Williams spent 22 years with the DEA including a stint in Baltimore. He was also assigned at one point to DEA Headquarters where he served as Chief of the Policy and Source Management Section, managing operational policy development and the confidential informant program, and as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Operations.

In 2009, President Obama esident Obama to serve as the Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The paper reported that Williams will have the civilian tite of director and will earn a salary of about $110,000.

Former FBI Agent New Port Authority IG

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI agent Thomas Raftery is now the Inspector General for the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reports Fox News. The decision was made at a DRPA meeting on Wednesday, where a former political aide was named the new deputy chief executive officer of the DRPA as well.

Raferty served with the FBI in Afghanistan and investigated the Oklahoma City bombing, according to Fox. His new job, which is also a new position within DRPA, is to try and “clean up the DRPA mess” amid complaints that the organization lacks transparency and engages in patronage, a long held criticism of the DRPA.

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Whitey Bulger Prosecutor Named ‘Bostonian of the Year’

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney who made headlines as the lead prosecutor in  the case of the infamous crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig, has been named “Bostonian of the Year,” by the Boston Globe Magazine, the publication announced in a press release on Friday.

The Globe, which will feature a profile of Ortiz in a special Sunday edition of the paper, called the Attorney “the fighter” due to her “long history prosecuting political corruption cases,” according to the release, beginning with an internship in 1980 with the US Department of Justice’s public integrity unit, where she worked alongside Eric Holder.

“We are excited to honor a woman who has faced, and cleared, many hurdles – she is Boston’s first female and first Hispanic US attorney – as Bostonian of the Year,” Susanne Althoff, editor of The Boston Globe Magazine, said. “Ms. Ortiz’ successful prosecutions of corruption cases have had an indelible impact on the Massachusetts political landscape.”

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Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A new leader has been named to the nation’s largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  reports the website AllGov.com.

David V. Aguilar has been named the head of  the agency. The move came after after Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination, Alan Bersin.

Aguilar has worked on the border for 33 years, according to the news report. As of January 1, 2012, Aguilar now commands more than 20,000 border enforcement officials.

Aguilar joined the Border Patrol in June of 1978, in Laredo, Texas. He was a first line supervisor and then Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge in Laredo. From 1988 to 1996 Aguilar was a Patrol Agent in Charge for three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. He continued moving upward in Texas and Arizona after that.

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New US Attorney for Virgin Islands Named

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barack Obama has named a new man to head federal law enforcement in the drug trafficking-prone US Virgin Islands, reports the Daily World. Ronald W. Sharpe is the new US Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands.

Sharpe has deep roots and extended family in the area, according to the Daily World.  “His mom grew up in Plaisance and he still has a lot of relatives here,” his neice, Grace Thomas Garnier, told the paper.

Sharpe was confirmed by the US Senate after being named for the post by Obama, taking over duties earlier this month. Sharpe is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the region, supervising 41 people, including 16 attorneys, and is responsible for coordinating investigations across multiple agencies and the prosecution of all federal crimes.

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