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“One of a Kind” James Cavanaugh –Head of ATF’s Nashville Office — Retires

James Cavanaugh/photo by atf's carolyn wallace

James Cavanaugh/photo by atf's carolyn wallace

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

During his colorful career with ATF, which spanned more than three decades, James Cavanaugh found himself in the thick of some of nation’s biggest cases: The D.C. sniper murders, the Unabomber, white supremacist Eric Rudolph, church burnings and the deadly shootout at the Branch Davidian in Waco, Tex. involving leader David Koresh.

“Ninety-nine percent of him thought he was David Koresh, but the 1 percent of him really knew he was Vernon Wayne Howell, just a two-bit thug from the country in Texas,” said Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the ATF Nashville office, commenting on Koresh during a lengthy interview in October 2009 with ticklethewire.com. He was one of the negotiators during the standoff.

On Wednesday, Cavanaugh, a New Jersey native who kept his Jersey street sense about him while acquiring a Southern charm during his many years working in the south, retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after 33 1/2 years. He’s reached the mandatory retirement age of 57.

His retirement party is Thursday night in Nashville where he headed the ATF office for 12 years.

“Jim is one of a kind, all the way from this ability to do the job, to his passion for the mission and his professionalism,” said Mark Potter, special agent in charge of the ATF Philadelphia office. “He’ll create a huge void in the organization.”

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Janet Kamerman Named Assistant Dir. of FBI’s Training Division

fbi-globeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Janet L. Kamerman, the FBI’s associate executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, has some added duties.

On top of her current job, she will also become assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division.

The FBI said in “her new role, she will assume additional responsibilities for all FBI training programs, including the new agent and intelligence analyst training programs, as well as the National Academy, which provides training to federal, state, local, and international police executives.”

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Kentucky U.S. Attorney Jim Zerhusen Steps Down

Jim Zerhusen/govt photo

Jim Zerhusen/govt photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Veteran prosecutor Jim Zerhusen for the Eastern District of Kentucky called it quits on Friday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Zerhusen, 59, who had worked in the office in various jobs since 1980, plans to do some traveling, the paper reported.

President Obama has appointed Kerry Harvey to fill the spot, but he has yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the paper reported. Acting first assistant to the U.S. Attorney, E.J. Walbourn, will fill the spot in the interim.

To read more click here.

Calif. FBI Agent Thomas Padden Who Arrested Patty Hearst Dies at Age 84

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas J. Padden, the FBI agent who arrested fugitive Patricia Hearst in 1975, has died at age 84 in San Rafael, Calif. after a prolonged illness, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Padden specialized in bank robbery and fraud and was known as the agent, along with San Francisco cop Tim Casey, who arrested the fugitive heiress Hearst and Wendy Yoshimura  of the Symbionese Liberation Army in a hideout in San Francisco’s mission district, the Chronicle reported.

“Tom was a larger-than-life lawman who was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word,” San Francisco Police Inspector David Ambrose told the Chronicle.

“He was a legend. … He met every perception of what an FBI agent should be,” Rick Smith, who worked with Mr. Padden at the FBI for many years told the Chronicle.

A World War II veteran, he joined the FBI in 1950 and reluctantly retired in 1980 after reaching mandatory retirement age, which is 57, the Chronicle reported.

Not ready to just sit around, he became an investigator for a bank and then went to work for the district attorney’s office for 20 years before retiring at age 80, the paper reported.

President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for Calif., Ill. and Tenn.

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

Melinda Haag/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — More than a year into his presidency, President Obama continues to slowly inch toward finishing his U.S. Attorney appointments.

On Thursday, President Obama nominated Melinda L. Haag, a former federal prosecutor,  for U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Calif.; Jerry E. Martin, a private attorney, for the Middle District of Tennessee and assistant U.S. Attorney James Lewis for the Central District of Illinois.

Haag has been a partner at Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe since 2003. Martin has been a partner at Barrett Johnston &Parsley since 2007 and Lewis has worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Illinois since 1983.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

James Trainor to Head the FBI’s Intelligence Division in N.Y.

James Trainor/fbi photo

James Trainor/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — James C. Trainor, Jr., an assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, is hopping over to the  New York office to become the special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division.

Trainor joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the Chicago office where he worked initially on criminal matters before joining the Foreign Counterintelligence Squad.

In February 2001, he headed off to headquarters as a supervisory agent supervising espionage and economic espionage cases.

Two years later, he was off to the New Haven Division as a supervisor for the Foreign Counterintelligence Squad.

He was named assistant special agent in charge of the Boston Division in July 2007. Prior to joining the FBI, Trainor, who was born in D.C. and raised in Massachusetts, was a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army.

FBI Appoints Ernest Reith to Science and Technology Branch

Ernest Reith/fbi photo

Ernest Reith/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ernest Reith has been named associate executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch.

The FBI said Reith started his career in 1985 as a regional analyst at the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) in St. Louis, Missouri “where he developed and maintained geospatial intelligence databases of the Eastern Pacific Rim.”

He briefly entered private industry and later returned to DMA. Eventually, from 2007 to 2010, he served as the deputy director of InnoVision and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

To read the press release click here.

Prominent Arab American Lawyer to Join TSA to Advise on Civil Rights

Nawar ShoraBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening passengers at our nation’s airports, is getting an interesting addition: Nawar Shora, the legal director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

The Washington Post reports that Shora, who was born in Syria and raised in West Virginia,  is joining the agency as a senior adviser for its office of civil rights and liberties.

“I’m finally practicing what I preach,” Shora,33, told the Post. “It’s about time I cross over to the government and start working within the system. That’s the beauty of our society: Anybody can work with the government.”

Shora has been a prominent voice for the American Arab community and has worked to foster better relations between the community and agencies like the FBI.