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FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division

FBI's Portland division.

FBI’s Portland division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Portland division of the FBI has a new special agent in charge.

FBI Director James Comey appointed Loren Cannon, who has worked for the bureau since 1998.

Cannon will replace Greg Bretzing, who had been at the helm since March 2014.

Cannon began his FBI careering the San Francisco division, where he investigated international terrorism, drug trafficking and violent crime.

Cannon most recently serve as section chief of the Leadership Development Program in the Human Resources Branch at FBI headquarters.


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ATF Headquarters to Be Named After Special Agent Killed in 1982

Ariel Rios

Ariel Rios

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF National Headquarters in Washington D.C. will be renamed on Friday to honor Special Agent Aerial Rios, who was killed during an undercover operation in Miami in 1982, Guns.com reports. 

Rios, who was a special agent for five years before his death, met with two suspects at a Miami hotel to buy large quantity of cocaine and machine guns on Dec. 2, 1982.

When one of the suspects became suspicious, a struggle ensued and Rio was shot. Fellow agent Alex D’Atri also was shot but he survived after numerous surgeries.

The former ATF headquarters was named after Rios in 1985, but when the agency left, the EPA took over the building and renamed it the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building.

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FBI Appoints New Special Agent in Charge of Denver Division

Calvin Shivers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Denver Division.

Calvin Shivers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calvin Shivers, who joined the FBI in 1990, is the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver Division.

FBI Director James Comey announced the appointment Monday in a press release.

Shivers had been the acting special agent in charge since August.

He replaces Thomas Ravenelle, who was transferred to FBI headquarters.

The Denver division is responsible for overseeing Colorado and Wyoming.

Previously, Shivers was the section chief of the violent crimes against children section in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters.


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Dan Kennedy to Head Administrative Branch for FBI LA Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Danny Kennedy, who most recently served as section chief of the Intelligence Branch for the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Administrative Branch for the Los Angeles Field Office.

Kennedy joined the FBI in 1997 and began his career in the Memphis Division, Nashville Resident Agency, where he investigated organized crime, drug and criminal enterprises, and counterterrorism matters, a press release said.

During the course of his career, Kennedy has held leadership positions in the Dallas Division, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Counterterrorism Division and the Los Angeles Field Office.

He’ll assume his new role in mid-December.


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Yonkers Native Returns Home to Take Top ATF Job in New York

ATF Special Agent Ashan Benedict

ATF Special Agent Ashan Benedict

By Steve Neavling
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Ashan Benedict, the son of Sri Lankan immigrants, has come home to Yonkers to become the special agent in charge of ATF’s New York Field Division.

“Law enforcement is not a field that South Asians typically go into,” Benedict told the Journal News. “But I guess my personality and growing up in Yonkers … you want to try different things.”

Now 45, Benedict spent 21 years climbing the ATF’s ranks.

Benedict’s wife also is a special agent for the ATF. They have three children and recently moved to Scarsdale.

“It’s fantastic,” he said on a recent morning in the ATF’s Bronx office, speaking about his new assignment. “It really motivates and drives me to do better, because this is not just another post of duty. This is my home.”

“For me, this is the pinnacle of my career,” he added.


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FBI Moves Office Out of Boston And into Larger Building in Chelsea

New FBI office in Chelsea, Mass.

New FBI office in Chelsea, Mass.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has moved out of the city of Boston and into a new Chelsea facility that has more room for expanded operations.

The FBI Boston Division has already started working at its new headquarters at 201 Maple St., the Boston Globe reports. The new building is 268,000 square feet.

“This new facility will give our employees and law enforcement partners better security, upgraded technologies, and provide more room for our growing task forces,” Harold H. Shaw, the special agent in charge, said in a statement.

The General Services Administration is leasing the eight-story building to the FBI.

The FBI Boston Division is responsible for federal laws in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

“We look forward to continuing to build upon the relationships we’ve established here in Chelsea while maintaining the critical partnerships we’ve developed over the years in Boston,” Shaw said. “We hope our presence in the neighborhood will have a positive impact.”

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Michael McGarrity to Head up Criminal Division in New York FBI Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael McGarrity recently served as the first director of the FBI’s  Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, which is tasked with helping save U.S. nationals held hostage abroad.

Now, FBI Director James Comey has appointed him special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the FBI’s  New York Field Office

McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations, and international money laundering networks, according to a press release. After Sept. 11, 2001, he transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and investigated international terrorism matters.

McGarrity has held leadership positions as the FBI detailee assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, as the supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial investigation squad in the Washington Field Office, as the director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Staff and as the legal attaché in Switzerland, the press release said.

Before joining the FBI, he was an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.


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Homeland Security Deputy Secretary to Step Down to Join Private Sector

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Alejandro Mayorkas is stepping down as deputy secretary of Homeland Security after accepting a job in the private sector.

Mayorkas served as the No. 2 at Home Security for the past there years and will step down on Oct. 28, Federal News Radio reports. 

He will join Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

“I began my government service as a federal prosecutor, a position I held for nearly twelve years, and I have been a member of our department for nearly seven years,” Mayorkas said in a staff email. “I have cherished every moment of public service. Thank you for making it so.”

In a press release, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Mayorkas was an effective leader.

“Over the last 34 months, Ali has spearheaded much of our Unity of Effort campaign and employee engagement initiatives, and has taken a leading role on issues ranging from immigration to cybersecurity,” said Johnson in the statement. “His legacy as deputy secretary will be the number of things we did to improve how this department functions, and the significant increase in employee satisfaction we saw this year as a result. We are all grateful for Ali’s many contributions.”

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