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Amy Hess Named Head of FBI Memphis Office

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Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Amy S. Hess is leaving FBI headquarters to take the post as special agent in charge of the Memphis office, the FBI announced Wednesday.

Hess most recently served as section chief in the International Operations Division.

She joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Kansas City field office, where she worked violent crimes, gangs and drug trafficking.

In 1999, she headed to the Louisville Division where she worked domestic terrorism. She was promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad in 2002.

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Senate Confirms U.S. Attorneys in Calif. and Louisiana

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Stephanie Finley for the U.S. Attorney post for the Western District of Louisiana and Laura Duffy for the top federal prosecutor post in the Southern District of California.

Duffy had been recommended by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), the San Diego Union reported.  The website Main Justice, which closely tracks the U.S. Attorney appointments,  reported that the Senate has now confirmed 51 of President Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees.

President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys. for W. Va. and Wisconsin

wisconsin-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama continued to press forward Thursday in his effort to put his appointees in key jobs by nominating U.S. Attorneys for West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The President nominated William J. Ihlenfeld, II, for the U.S. Attorney post in the Northern District of West Virginia and John William Vaudreuil for the Western District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney job, according to a White House press release.

Ihlenfeld, a private attorney, has served as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio County, W. Va., solicitor for the Village of Clearview, and as a Ohio County Juvenile Referee, according to the bio on his website.

Vaudreuil has been an assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980.

House Passes Bill To Help Families of Slain Agents With Relocation Costs

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Last November, the Baltimore FBI office was named after Sam Hicks, a slain Pittsburgh FBI agent who had worked as a Baltimore cop.

Now his name lives on in a piece of national legislation.

The House on Tuesday passed a bill named after Hicks that will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist with relocation costs for families of slain agents who want to return to their hometown, according to a release by the FBI Agents Association.

“Today the House of Representatives passed the same version of the Special Agent Samuel Hicks Families of Fallen Heroes Act that was recently passed by the Senate by a vote of 412 to 0, clearing the legislation for Presidential signature,” the Association said in a statement. “This legislation will allow federal law enforcement agencies to assist families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty with relocation costs if they need to move back to their home communities.”

Hicks was slain in Nov. 19, 2008 while executing an arrest warrant.

The story about the House passing the legislation was first reported by the law enforcement website Main Justice.

Head of Boston FBI Warren Bamford to Retire

Warren Bamford

Warren Bamford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Warren Bamford, a well-respected figure in the FBI who heads the Boston office, will retire next month after 24 years with the agency to take a job with a private utility, the Boston Globe reported.

Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the Boston FBI, told the Globe Bamford’s last day will be June 18. He will take a job with the National Grid.

His departure leaves open two big FBI offices. Director Robert Mueller III is looking to fill the head job in New York.

Bamford, 51, was named “Fed of the Year” by ticklethewire.com in 2009. The award went to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald the year before.

Retired FBI Intelligence Section Chief Cornelius Sullivan Dies at Age 84

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Retired FBI agent Cornelius “Neil” Sullivan, who was the section chief of the intelligence division and was credited with fostering improved relations with the CIA, died earlier this month in Silver Spring, Md. at age 84, the Washington Post reported.

Sullivan joined the FBI in 1951 and served in fields offices in Cleveland, Minneapolis and New York, the Post reported.

He later went to headquarters and retired in 1979 as section chief of intelligence, the Post reported.

Sullivan was born in Fall River, Mass. and joined the Navy at age 17 and served in the Pacific during World War II, the Post wrote. He graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.

He had been married for 44 years to Lucille Friedrich, who died in 1993.

Pres. Obama Nominates No. 2 Justice Official James Cole

James Cole/law firm

James Cole/law firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  As predicted, President Obama nominated attorney James M. Cole as deputy attorney general Friday, filling  the number two spot left vacant by the resignation of  David Ogden, who stepped down after less than a year, the Washington Post reported. Ogden and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. did not get along all that well.

Cole, 58, a defense attorney, had spent 13 year in the Justice Department and is a longtime friend of Holder’s. The pick comes at a time of intense pressure to battle terrorism and Republican criticism of President Obama and the Justice Department.

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Pres. Obama Nominates U.S. Atty. for Pa. and Tenn.

William Killian/law firm photo

William Killian/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama nominated two more U.S. Attorneys on Thursday, this time for Pittsburgh and Knoxville, Tenn.

David Hickton

David Hickton

The nominees are: Private attorneys David J. Hickton for the Pittsburgh post and William C. Killian for Knoxville,  according to a White House press release. Hickton replaces the controversial Bush-appointed Mary Beth Buchanan, who lost Tuesday in her Republican primary bid for a Congressional seat.