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Head of FBI’s Las Vegas Office Steve Martinez is Off to Head L.A. Division

Steven Martinez/fbi photo

Steven Martinez/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Steven M. Martinez, the head of the FBI’s Las Vegas Division, moves further west where he’ll take over the FBI’s Los Angeles office. He replaces Salvador Martinez, who retired.

“Steve’s breadth of experience in his nearly 23 years of service to the FBI makes him well-suited for this role,” FBI Director Robert Mueller III said in a prepared statement. “After serving as special agent in charge of the Las Vegas Division for more than four years, his leadership will be an asset to the Los Angeles Division, one of the FBI’s largest offices.”

Martinez joined the FBI in 1987 and worked in Phoenix, the Washington field division and El Paso investigating drug and violent crimes cases, the FBI said.

Martinez also worked as an assistant special agent in charge in Los Angeles Division.

He was the FBI’s first on-scene commander at Central Command in Doha, Qatar and in Baghdad “during the staging and commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom”, the FBI said.

In 2003, he was assigned to the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters and in 2006, he was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas office.

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Senate Confirms N.J. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

Paul Fishman for N.J. U.S. Atty.

Paul Fishman for N.J. U.S. Atty.

By Allan Lengel

It’s official. Defense attroney and former former federal prosecutor Paul J. Fishman is the new U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

The U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment Thursday night, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Fishman, 52, will replace Ralph J. Marra, who has been acting U.S. Attorney since Chris Christie stepped down to run for governor, the paper reported.

“I’m delighted, and I’m looking forward to going to work,” Fishman told the Star-Ledger. “I am very grateful to Sen. (Frank) Lautenberg and Sen. (Robert) Menendez for their confidence and their support.”

Sean Joyce Named Assist. Dir. of FBI’s International Operations Division

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Sean Joyce, a Boston native, is the new assistant director of the FBI’s International Operations Division. He replaces Tom Fuentes, who retired.

“The International Operations Division’s scope of responsibilities is greater than ever, given the importance that relationships with international law enforcement partners and other parts of the government hold to our overall national security mission,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller III in a statement. “Sean’s knowledge and his experience in criminal and national security matters make him an excellent fit for the job.”

Joyce joined the FBI in 1987 and initially went to the Dallas Division, where he investigated violent crimes. He then went on to focus on Colombian drug trafficking in the Miami Division, the FBI said.

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Beth Phillips Would be First Woman U.S. Atty. in Kansas City

kansas-city-mapBy Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — It’s hard to believe in the 21st Century that this would be a first.

But apparently that’s the case. President Obama on Wednesday nominated Beth Phillips for U.S. Attorney in Kansas City. That would make her the first woman to hold that high-level position in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reported the nomination for the Western District of Missouri.

Phillips became an assistant U.S. Attorney in 2008. Previously, the paper said, she worked in private practice and in the Jackson county prosecutor’s office.

On Wednesday, President Obama also nominated for U.S. Attorney posts:  Stephanie Villafuerte, Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter’s deputy chief of staff for community outreach, for Colorado; and Sanford Coats for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Ex-FBI Agent Edwin Foltz Who Headed Up Campbell Soup Dies at Age 93

Edwin Foltz took an interesting career path, serving as an FBI agent during World War II before he eventually headed up Campbell Soup.


By Sally A. Downey
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — Edwin J. Foltz, 93, a former FBI agent who became president of Campbell Soup International, died of pneumonia Thursday at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne.

Mr. Foltz joined Campbell Soup Camden in 1953. He was named vice president of personnel in 1958 and two years later became head of the company’s operations in Australia, Europe, and Mexico.

His daughter, Dorothy Foltz-Gray, said that when she and her siblings were growing up, they would ask him what he did at Campbell’s. “He would tell us he stirred the soup,” Foltz-Gray said, “and we wondered why he wore a suit and tie to work.” Even in his final illness he was quipping, “M’mm, m’mm good,” when he sipped soup, she said.

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Roland Corvington Returns For Second Tour as Head of FBI St. Louis Office

Roland Corvington/fbi photo

Roland Corvington/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Roland J. Corvington, who headed up the St. Louis FBI office from 2005 to 2007, is returning to take charge of that office once again, the FBI annnounced Tuesday.

Corvington, assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division at headquarters,replaces John Gillies, who was recently named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Division.

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Utah’s Top FBI Agent Tim Fuhrman to Head Mobile, Ala. Office

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Obama Nominates 4 U.S. Attorneys Including One Whose Father is in Prison

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

Nicholas Klinefeldt/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday nominated  four U.S. Attorneys including Nicholas Klinefeldt, whose father is in  prison.

Klinefeldt, the U.S. Attorney nominee for the Southern District of Iowa, has a father serving a 10-year sentence for a methamphetamine conviction. The story of his possible nomination and his father’s problems were reported earlier this month on the website Main Justice.

Obama on Friday also nominated   Judge Richard Callahan for the Eastern District of Missouri;  Michael Cotter for Montana and Stephanie Rose for the Northern District of Iowa, the White House said.

“These nominees have displayed an unyielding dedication to serving the public good,” President Obama in a statement. “They are some of the most diligent, judicious and well-respected legal minds in the country. I am confident that, as U.S. Attorneys, they will be relentless in their pursuit of justice and serve the American people with distinction.”

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