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Interim Head of DEA Is Stepping Down, Citing Increasing Challenges

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Having interim heads of major federal law enforcement agencies for too long often sends a message that the agency isn’t as important as some other agencies like the FBI.

Now comes Robert W. Patterson, acting head of  the DEA, who told staff Monday in an email that he is retiring in about two weeks, saying that running the agency as a temporary fill-in had become “increasingly challenging,” Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post reports.

Patterson said he “realized that the administrator of the DEA needs to decide and address priorities for years into the future — something which has become increasingly challenging in an acting capacity.”

A replacement has not been named.

Former Head of LA U.S. Secret Service Division Named CEO of Security Firm

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rob Savage III

Robert Savage III, the former head of the Los Angeles U.S. Secret Service division, has been named chief executive officer of the 360 Group International Inc.,  a Beverly Hills security company.

Savage served 25 years in the Secret Service.

He began his career with Secret Service in 1993 in the Washington Field Office and ended it as the special agent in charge in LA.

 

 

 

David LeValley, Head of Atlanta FBI, Dies From Complication Related to 9/11 Work at World Trade Center

David J. LeValley

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David J. LeValley, head of the Atlanta FBI, died Saturday from complications related to the 9/11 attack, the FBI said Saturday.

In a statement, the FBI said:

Mr. LeValley entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Division. He was called to serve his country following the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, where he spent several weeks being exposed to many contaminants. Dave died in the line of duty as a direct result of his work at the World Trade Center.

“It’s important as we move further away from 911 that people do not forget what we lost on 9/11, right away or later. He had to know he was making a sacrifice that day, I have no doubt. He never complained,” retired FBI agent Steve Emmett tells WSB-TV in Atlanta.

A number of FBI who responded to different 9/11 sites have died from cancer related to work at the sites including the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Veteran ATF Agent Dies During Training Exercise in Texas

Paul “Scott” Ragsdale of Rockwall

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF Agent Paul “Scott” Ragsdale of Rockwall, 41,  died Thursday from an apparent heart attack during training in Coppell, Tex., NBC 5 News reports. He was a senior operation officer in the Dallas Division and joined ATF 16 years ago

Rockwall was learning arrest techniques when he suffered an apparent cardiac arrest, ATF said.

He was rushed by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Grapevine where he was pronounced dead. , the ATF said in a statement.

“If you knew Scott, you knew laughter, you knew how much he loved his family, you knew a great guy,”  Jeffrey Boshek, ATF’s agent in charge in Dallas, said, according to the station. “Scott wasn’t just a colleague, he was a friend.”

FBI Names 5 Agents to Senior Leadership Posts

Gregory Ehrie

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named executives to five senior leadership positions:

  • Ryan T. Young,  special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the Los Angeles Field Office
  • Gary A. Loeffert,  special agent in charge of the Buffalo Field Office.
  • Gregory Ehrie, special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office.
  • Matthew J. DeSarno,  special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office..
  • Timothy M. Dunham, special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office.

David Bowdich Replaces McCabe as The FBI’s #2 Agent

David Bowdich (file photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Bowdich has been named deputy director of the FBI, officially replacing Andrew McCabe, who was fired shortly before his retirement.

Bowdich is regarded as being far more popular than McCabe among agents.

He recently served as the associate deputy director, where he oversaw the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure, as well as the inspection and insider threat programs, a  press release said.

He began his career as a special agent in 1995 in the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT Team operator and sniper.

In 2003, he was promoted to FBI headquarters where he served in the Criminal Investigative Division and the director’s office.

From September 2012 to December 2014, he served as the special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles Field Office.

From December 2014 to April 2016, Bowdich served as assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office.

In 2013, he was named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year. 

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. 

FBI Agent Who Died After Exposure to 9/11 Toxins Laid to Rest in Moving Ceremony

Former FBI Agent Mellisa Morrow, via GoFundMe.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who died of brain cancer after she was exposed to contaminants while working at the Pentagon crash site in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was laid to rest in a moving ceremony this week.

Special Agent Melissa Morrow, 48, who served in the Washington Field Office’s Evidence Response Team on 9/11, was one of the first responders after a passenger jet crashed into the building. Doctors confirmed she was exposed to dangerous toxins while spending 10 weeks collecting evidence at the site.

“She fought this terrible illness with every fiber of her being,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said during the memorial service in Kansas City Tuesday. “Melissa said that when she finally came to terms with the horrible reality of it all, she had a decision to make, and that decision was to fight it with every ounce of courage and strength she could muster.”

Morrow worked in the FBI’s Washington Field Office before joining the bureau’s Kansas City field office.

“She was filled with pride to be keeping her hometown crowd safe from harm,” Wray said. “It meant the world to her, and that kind of work ethic –- that kind of investment in the work you’re doing –- exemplified the bureau at its best, and is all too rare in today’s world.”

Because she was certified by the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, her death was classified as a Line of Duty Death.

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