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Ex-Top Adviser to FBI Dir. Nominated as Assist. Atty. Gen. For National Security

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lisa Monaco, a former top adviser to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, and currently Principal Deputy Attorney General, has been nominated by the White House to fill the job of Assistant Attorney General for National Security, the website Main Justice reported.

She would replace interim Tod Hinnen, who stepped in after David Kris left the department for private practice, Main Justice reported.

Monaco was selected as Principal Attorney General in January. She served as a top adviser to the FBI director from 2007 to 2009, the website reported.

Lewis “Matt” Chapman to Head Mobile, Ala. FBI Office

Lewis M. Chapman/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lewis “Matt” Chapman is taking charge  of the FBI’s Mobile, Ala. office, the FBI announced Monday.

Chapman’s last stop was as  FBI  section chief of the Investigative and Operations Support Section, Critical Incident Response Group in Quantico, Va.

The FBI said Chapman, as section chief, oversaw the FBI’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime, crisis management, special events, and rapid deployment logistics programs. He also served as the FBI on-scene commander at the Beijing Olympics.

He entered the FBI in 1988, first working in the Dallas division on violent crime, fugitives, public corruption and government fraud matters.

In 1999, he was bumped up to supervisory special agent at FBI Headquarters in the Counterterrorism Division, Weapons of Mass Destruction Operations Unit. At headquarters, he also served as an assistant inspector i the Inspection Division.

In 2002, he moved to the the Memphis Division as a supervisor of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and oversaw all foreign counterintelligence matters.

He then went off to the New Orleans office, where he served as an assistant special agent in charge from 2004 to 2008.

President Nominates U.S. Atty. For Virgin Islands and U.S. Marshals for NJ and Va.

Ronald Sharpe/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama continued to chip away at filling some law enforcement seats Wednesday by nominating a U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands and U.S. Marshals for Virginia and New Jersey.

The president nominated Ronald W. Sharpe for U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Island. Sharpe has served as the interim U.S. Attorney there since 2009 and immediately before that he served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney.

For U.S. Marshal, Robert “Bobby” Mathieson was nominated for the Eastern District of Virginia and Juan Mattos Jr. was picked as the nominee for New Jersey.

Robert “Bobby” Mathieson, who is director of business development for Rileen Innovative Technologies, retired as a master police officer in 2002 from the Virginia Beach Police Department. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2008.

Juan Mattos Jr. retired in 2010 as a Lt. Colonel in the New Jersey State Police. He currently serves as an Agent with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in Edison, N.J.

FBI’s Ralph Boelter in Minn. Put a Face on Agency in Community

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ralph Boelter, head of the Minneapolis FBI, who headed up a large scale probe into counterterrorism involving local Somalis heading overseas to fight with a terrorist organization, is headed east to Washington to become the agency’s deputy assistant director in charge of counterterrorism, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Boelter told the paper that he plans to apply what he learned in Minneapolis: To fight extremism, the agency needs to establish sincere relationships with the community.

“We had to be able to show people they could trust me, trust us,” Boelter said of the local commuity.

During his tenure, which lasted four years,  young Somali men were sneaking off to fight in their homeland for Al-Shabab, a U.S. designated terrorist organization.

Saeed Fahia, executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, told the Star Tribune that Boelter put a human face on the FBI.

“Now the FBI is a known quantity. It’s not just an acronym. It’s people you know,” she said.

President Nominates 3 U.S. Attorneys and 3 U.S. Marshals

Thomas Walker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated three  U.S. Attorneys and three U.S. Marshals.

The nominees for U.S. Attorney include Charlotte lawyer Thomas Gray Walker for North Carolina’s Eastern District, assistant U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams for the Northern District of Mississippi and S. Amanda Marshall.

So far, according to the Justice Department, 76 U.S. Attorneys have been nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate. Five of the current U.S. Attorneys were nominated by President Bush.

Walker had previously been nominated in 2009, but senators wanted the current U.S. Attorney George Holding, a Bush appointee, to finish up some key investigations including one into campaign contributions involving former Sen. John Edwards.

Felicia Adams is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Mississippi and worked as a prosecutor from 1989 to 2000 in the Northern District.  Amanda Marshall, like Walker, had previously been nominated by the president, but the Senate failed to act on the nomination the first time before it recessed in December. She is a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice, according to the news website  Main Justice.

For U.S. Marshal, the president nominated: Ponca City Police Chief Clayton D. Johnson for the Northern District of Oklahoma; Alfred Cooper Lomax for the Western District of Missouri and Charles F. Salina for the Western District of New York.

Salina has been with the Marshals Service since 1988. Alfred Cooper Lomax spent nearly 30 years with the Kansas City Police Department before becoming Chief of Airport Safety and Security at the Kansas City International Airport.

Retired FBI Agent Southerton Decides to Try Politics

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Life after the FBI can take some unexpected turns. Ask retired agent Richard Southerton.

The 25-year veteran of the FBI is tossing his hat into the ring in a run for a seat on the Wayne County Commission in Pennsylvania, according to the Scranton Times Tribune.

“In my wildest dreams, it’s not something I thought I would ever do,” Southerton told the paper.

The Wayne County native joins an expanding field of candidates in the May Democratic primary, the paper reported.

“I’m a newcomer all around. I don’t owe any allegiances to anybody,” Southerton said, according to the paper. “I’m not a career politician. I’m just looking to do the right thing.”

The job pays $50,150.

Ex-Head of Denver FBI Named Director of Colorado’s Public Safety Dept.

James Davis/denver rotary

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Jim” Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI, who headed the FBI’s Denver office since 2008, has been named the new director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety, the Associated Press reported.

Davis, who retired from the FBI last month, was named to the post by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who called him “one of the nation’s finest law enforcement officers,” the AP reported.

The public safety department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado State Patrol.

Davis began his career with the FBI in 1985, according to the FBI. Just before heading up the Denver office, he served as Legal Attache in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

As Expected White House Gives Nod to Thomas Harrigan For #2 Spot at DEA

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, the White House Wednesday nominated Thomas M. Harrigan as the number two person at DEA.

Harrigan, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, is currently Chief of Operations for DEA, a post he has held since 2008.

Harrigan, a well respected figure in the DEA, started his career with the agency in 1987 and was assigned to the Bangkok in 1991.

Since then, the White House said “he has served as Group Supervisor in the Newark Field Division, Staff Coordinator in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, Chief of the Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section, and Deputy Chief in the Office of Domestic Operations. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Domestic Operations and as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Washington Field Office.

In 2004, Mr. Harrigan was appointed to the Senior Executive Service to serve as the Chief of Enforcement Operations.