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Ex-UC Davis Fullback to Head FBI’s Sacramento Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Herbert Brown, section chief of the FBI’s gang and drug section at headquarters, will take over the Sacramento FBI office in January, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Brown, 53, a former fullback with the UC Davis football team in the 1970s, replaces Drew Parenti, who retired in October. He’ll supervise 160 agents, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Brown was promoted to section chief of the FBI’s Gang Criminal Enterprise Section in 2008.

The FBI on Friday confirmed the appointment.

President Nominates Christopher Thyer for U.S. Attorney in Ark.

Christopher Thyer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated Christopher R. Thyer, a former state lawmaker, for the U.S. Attorney post in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

According to a White House press release, Thyer has been a partner at Stanley & Thyer in Jonesboro, Ark., since 2007.

Before that, he was a partner at Halsey & Thyer, PLC from 2005 to 2007, and at Mooney Law Firm from 1997 to 2005.

From 1995 to 1997, he was a sole practitioner. He also served in the Arkansas House of Representatives as a State Representative for the 74th District from 2003 to 2009.

He attended the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1995.

Authorities Break Ground for New FBI Office in Portland

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal and local officials broke ground Wednesday for a new $60 million, four-story FBI field office in Portland, Ore., The Oregonian newspaper reported. It is third FBI field in the  nation under construction.

The new office is part of an effort by the FBI to update offices and make them more secure, the Oregonian reported. It said after Sept. 11, when the agency started adding more agents, the FBI found that 35 of its 56 field offices had insufficient security or no room to expand.

The Portland office is being built in the northeast sector of the city, near the Portland International Airport.

The Portland field office will consist of three buildings: a four-story office complex, a maintenance and repair annex and a 203- space parking structure, the Oregonian reported.

Office are also being built in Minneapolis and Cincinnati, the Oregonian reported.

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Mary F. Rook Named Head of FBI’s Anchorage Office

Mary Rook/fbi photo By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Mary F. Rook, the chief in the FBI’s Training Division’s Law Enforcement Programs Section, will head the Anchorage Division, the agency announced Wednesday.

Rook began her FBI career in the laboratory as a serology technician in 1984. She became a special agent two years later and was assigned to the Milwaukee Division.

In 1990, she transferred to the Los Angeles Division where she investigated Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

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Retired Secret Service Agent John Joseph Lardner Who Protected the Kennedys Dead at Age 80; Always Kept Mum About Detail

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired Secret Service agent John Joseph Lardner rode behind President John F. Kennedy on Pennsylvania Avenue during his inauguration in 1961 and later went on to head up the agency’s Rhode Island office, the Boston Globe reported.

He died of a heart attack in Easton, Mass. on Nov. 19 at age 80.

The paper reported that Lardner told his family he was proud to be the kid from Lowell who grew up to guard the president.

But he was mum about most everything else about the Kennedy years, the Globe reported.

“There’s a reason we’re called the Secret Service,” Lardner often told his nephew, Michael Walsh of Bedford, N.H., according to the Globe.

Lardner, a US Marine Corps captain, was a Secret Service agent from 1959 until his retirement in 1983 as special agent in charge of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Mass.

“My dad lived his life by the Marine Corps code,” God, corps, and country, his oldest daughter, Kristin M. Brown of East Sandwich, Mass., told the Globe. “It was just the way his life was.”

The Globe reported that Lardner never talked about his assignment on the day Kennedy was shot or whether he was even in Dallas.

“He would never tell,” his daughter said.

“He had strong opinions about the assassination, but it was very difficult for him to talk about,” she told the Globe. “He was never a man at a loss for words, but it was the one subject you just couldn’t approach him about.”

After the assassination, he protected Jacqueline Kennedy and her children. His family told the Globe they believe Jackie Kennedy personally requested him.

The Globe reported that Lardner was a life-long Republican and supported state candidates including Senator Scott Brown.

“The only time I saw him cry in the 33 years I knew him was the day President Reagan died,” his daughter told the Globe. “He adored him.”

Inspector Gen. Glenn Fine Hanging it Up

Glenn Fine/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Over the years, his Inspector General reports have stung such agencies as the FBI and ATF and DEA, pointing out flaws, offering suggestions that have not always been welcomed with open arms.

Now, Glenn Fine, the Justice Department’s Inspector General, is hanging it up, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced. He will leave in January.

“For more than fifteen years, Glenn Fine’s commitment to integrity and professionalism has helped the Department of Justice fulfill its most important responsibilities,” Holder said in a statement.

“It has been a privilege to work with Glenn during my service as both Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. Throughout his decade-long tenure as Inspector General, he has embodied the Justice Department’s highest ideals and greatest traditions of service.

“In the Justice Department’s most critical operations and practices, especially our efforts to combat corruption, fraud, waste and abuse, the work done by the Office of the Inspector General is essential. Thanks to Glenn’s outstanding leadership, this Office has never been stronger.

“I am grateful for his service, and I am certain that the Justice Department and the American people will continue to benefit from Glenn’s enduring contributions.

White House Nominates 7 U.S. Marshals and U.S. Atty for Oregon

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After nearly two years into his presidency, Barack Obama finds himself still whittling away at appointing U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals.

On Wednesday, he nominated 7 U.S. Marshals and one U.S. Attorney.

The nominees for Marshals included: Charles Edward Andrews for Southern District of Alabama; Darrell James Bell for Montana; William Benedict Berger Sr. for the Middle District of Florida; Russel Edwin Burger for Oregon; Joseph Campbell Moore for Wyoming; Edwin Donovan Sloane for the District of Columbia; and Esteban Soto III for D.C. Superior Court.

For U.S. Attorney, he nominated S. Amanda Marshall for Oregon.

White House Nominates Andrew Traver to Head Up ATF

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, the White House gave the nod on Monday to Andrew Traver, a 23-year-veteran of ATF, as the nominee to head the agency.

Traver has headed the ATF Chicago field division since 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he served as an assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco office and  supervised criminal enforcement offices in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

From 2000 to 2001, he served as the assistant special agent in charge of the New Orleans division and from 1998 to 2000 he was a criminal investigator in the Office of Inspection at ATF headquarters in Washington.

Before that, from 1993 to 1998, Traver worked as a group supervisor in the Philadelphia. He joined ATF in 1987 and first worked in the Chicago office.

Kenneth Melson, a former federal prosecutor, has been in charge of ATF on an interim basis.