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Retired FBI Agent Vying for Congressional Seat in Pennslyvania as a Democrat

Congressional candidate and former FBI agent Todd Rowley.

By Steve Neavling

A retired FBI agent is running a spirited campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. John Joyce in the 13th Congressional District in Pennsylvania. 

Todd Rowley, 17-year veteran of the FBI, is running as a Democrat in a heavily Republican district. 

“I’m running against Donald Trump,” Rowley told TribLive.com. “John Joyce has the highest voting ratio with Trump in Pennsylvania. He has fully backed his wagon to Donald Trump.”

Joyce has no problem with that characterization. 

“President Trump represents and supports the freedoms we embrace,” Joyce said.

After retiring from the FBI, Rowley, 56, is now a ranger at Linn Run State Park. He’s never run for political office and acknowledges he’s an underdog. Much of his campaign is focused on the coronavirus pandemic, which he said Joyce has mishandled.

“John Joyce was silent. He’s a medical physician, and for him to be silent for these eight to nine months, it’s a shame. It’s a clear squandering of leadership,” Rowley said.

Retired FBI agent Leads New West Virginia Agency Handling Prison, Jail, Juvenile Services

Jennifer Wilson.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent will lead a new agency within West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Military Affairs Secretary Jeff Sandy appointed Jennifer Wilson in late December to serve as director of the agency’s Division of Administrative Services, which consolidated the state’s prison, jail and juvenile services systems.

The state agency was established in 2018 to provide services that range from human resources and recruiting to contracts and payroll.

Wilson joined the FBI in 1997 and worked for the bureau in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York and Pittsburgh. She retired last year before working for the legal team of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

“I am honored to be named the director of DAS,” Wilson said in a news release. “Over the last 60 days, as the acting director, I have been impressed with the leadership team here and the employees’ dedication and commitment to the success of the newest division of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. I plan to focus the next year on completing the staffing and developing more efficient systems to serve the DMAPS agencies.”

Retired Head of FBI’s Minneapolis Division Takes Job with Federal Reserve Bank

Richard Thornton, former FBI agent in charge of the Minneapolis division.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Richard Thornton, the former agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis division, has been appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis as its vice president of law enforcement and operations.

Thornton, who retired from the FBI on Feb. 28, will take the helm at the Minneapolis Fed’s law enforcement department and operations at the Minneapolis and Helena, Mont., offices, according to the bank.

“We are very excited to have someone of Rick’s experience, stature and strong reputation join the bank,” Chief Operating Officer Ron Feldman said in a statement. “We know he will make great contributions to the bank, the Federal Reserve System and the community at large.”

In statement to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Thornton said, “The strong leadership and the important mission of the Minneapolis Fed made this an extremely attractive opportunity for me.”

Thornton was replaced in the bureau’s Minneapolis division by Jill Sanborn, a veteran counterterrorism agent who led the FBI’s investigation of the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015. 

Retired FBI Agent Vying for Democratic Nomination for Congress in Pa.

Retired FBI agent Todd Rowley.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Todd Rowley, who spent more than 24 years serving the FBI, is running as a Democrat for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th District.

The 53-year-old Donegal Township man retired from the FBI in July 2014 after a career spent on counterintelligence and counterterrorism.

Rowley, who works as a state park ranger and substitute teacher, said he wants to bridge the partisan divide that so often hampers progress in politics.

“We must begin the process of lessening the division and discourse that our country and its citizens are mired in,” he told TribLive.com. “That starts with elected officials — without abandoning their principles — being committed to and finding compromise and common ground on the many important issues our country faces today.”

The primary election is May 15 for a seat that covers  the eastern part of Westmoreland County along with Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, Fulton, Franklin and Adams counties, and portions of Cambria and Cumberland counties.

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Border Patrol Tries to Fill Vacancies with Former Agents As Immigration Crackdown Continues

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol is reaching out to former agents in hopes of filling enough jobs to carry out President Trump’s expanded crackdown on illegal immigration.

The Tucson Sector tweeted Thursday, “Tucson Sector is seeking to reinstate agents who voluntarily separated #USBC over 12 mo. ago.”

“We are trying to hire for attrition, meet mandates of staffing levels, there’s an executive order that we’re trying to hire more agents and that’s one of the messages we want to send out is that we’re hiring and this is a way we can reach potential applicants that have been cleared as agents,” Agent Christopher Sullivan in the Tucson Sector Border Patrol public affairs office explained to Tucson News Now.

Hiring former agents is easier than hiring new ones because they’ve already passed a background check and have experience that doesn’t require as training.

“Some of the benefits of rehiring previous agents is that they don’t have to travel to the academy and get retrained. They’re already trained as agents previously, so it saves us money as in training costs and it also strea

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent. A

mlines the hiring process,” said Sullivan.

To learn more about the rehiring process, click here.

Retired DEA Agent Writing Fiction Book, ‘Metal Coffins’ about Drug Cartels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mike Vigil retired from the DEA in 2014, he was an expert in cracking down on drug cartels in Central America.

Instead of quietly retiring, Vigil has used that experience to write a book, “Deal,” about his time with the DEA. Now Vigil is working his first book of fiction called “Metal Coffins.”

“It talks about two fictional cartels that are in conflict with one another,” Vigil told KRQE. “It talks about the typical corruption, the treacherous nature of these cartels and it also talks about the convergence.”

Vigil believes it’s still going to be a long time to defeat the cartels.

“So even if you take Chapo Guzman down and he’s extradited into the United States,” said Vigil. “The Sinaloa Cartel, because of that horizontal structure, will continue to remain one of the most powerful organizations in Mexico.”

Retired FBI Assistant Director Lands Job at Nonprofit in Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jorge Garcia, who recently retired as an assistant director over Directorate of Intelligence with the FBI, will join a nonprofit that is focused on economic development in Huntsville, Alabama.

Al.com reports that Garcia will be the organization’s executive director.

Garcia also served as the the director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Quantico, Va.

“Mr. Garcia has proven to be an outstanding member of the GEOHuntsville board of directors, and we look forward to his leadership as executive director,” Mayor Tommy Battle said.

Retired Secret Service Agent Writes Thriller, Donates All Profits

bratva's rose tattooBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired Secret Service agent turned to his 25 years of experience and his imagination to write a thriller novel entitled, “Bratva’s Rose Tattoo,” reports the Washington Times. 

The book, written by Thomas D. Sloan, is now available and selling on Amazon. 

All profits will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey.

Sloand describes the plot: “An Air Force transport plane ferrying the president’s limousine and scores of Secret Service, Marine, and Air Force personnel has been hijacked by Bratva —  the Russian mob — which seeks the release of a brilliant and dangerous cyber hacker named Max.”

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