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Michelle Sutphin Named Special Agent in Charge of Jackson

Jackson Field Office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michelle A. Sutphin, who most recently served at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., has been named special agent in charge of the Jackson Field Office in Mississippi.

Sutphin’s career with the FBI began in 1998 as a special agent investigating violent crimes, gangs, and art crimes at the Chicago Field Office. On 9/11, Sutphin responded to the Pennsylvania plane crash as leader of the Chicago Evidence Response Team.

Special Agent Michelle Sutphin

In 2008, Sutphin was promoted to supervisory special agent and managed the Evidence Response Team Unit at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va.

In 2011, Sutphin was transferred to the Springfield Field Office in Illinois, where she worked on criminal cases in 18 Central Illinois counties. Two years later, Sutphin investigated violent gangs and drug crimes at the St. Louis Field Office.

Sutphin became the team leader in the Inspection Division in 2014 at the bureau’s headquarters, where she led program reviews during inspections of field offices and reviews of shooting incidents.

In 2016, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge at the Little Rock Field Office in Arkansas, where she oversaw the intelligence program and all national security programs, from counterterrorism and counterintelligence to weapons of mass destruction and cyber matters, in the state.

Sutphin was promoted in 2018 to section chief and chief of staff for the Science and Technology Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

Sutphin earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.


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Sean Kaul Named Special Agent in Charge of Phoenix Field Office

Special Agent Sean Kaul

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Sean L. Kaul, who led the Honolulu Field Office since 2017, has been named special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office.

Kaul began his career as an FBI agent in 2000, where his first assignment was the Bakersfield Resident Agency of the Sacramento Field Office in California.

Kaul worked in numerous offices, from Atlanta to Washington D.C. He served as a special agent bomb technician in Atlanta and Bakersfield, Calif.

In 2011, Kaul served as a supervisory special agent for the Washington Field Office, where he led the Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force and received an Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

In 2013, Kaul became an assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, where he led the criminal branch and four Indian County resident agencies.

In 2016, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters before taking charge of the Honolulu Field Office.

Before joining the FBI, Kaul was a captain in the U.S. Army. He has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.


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Trump Formally Nominates FOP’s Kenneth Canterbury to Head ATF

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Kenneth “Chuck” Canterbury via Twitter.

President Trump’s pick to head the ATF, Kenneth “Chuck” Canterbury, was formally nominated Wednesday.

Trump announced his pick last month, but the formal nomination means his name has been sent to the Senate for a vote.

Canterbury has served as the president of the National Fraternal Order of Police since 2003.

If approved, Canterbury will replace Thomas Brandon, who recently announced his retirement.


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Charles Spencer Named Assistant Director of FBI’s International Operations Division

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charles Spencer, a 21-year FBI veteran who most recently served as special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Field Office in Florida, has been named as the new assistant director of the bureau’s International Operations Division.

Spencer will manage the FBI’s legal attaché program at the division, where he’s tasked with building relationships with foreign law enforcement and intelligence partners. The division also trains international law enforcement partners.

Spencer’s long career with the FBI began in 1998, when he was assigned to the Washington Field Office, working on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, he was promoted to supervisory special agent, overseeing the FBI’s gun vault.

In 2007, the FBI deployed Spencer to Iraq.

A year later, Spencer served as the supervisor of the Oklahoma City Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2011, he was awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery for an encounter with a heavily armed domestic terrorist.

In 2013, the FBI promoted him to assistant special agent in charge of the national security branch in the New Orleans Field Office, where he headed up programs covering weapons of mass destruction, counterintelligence, counter=terrorism, cyber-crimes, surveillance, and crisis management.

In 2015, Spencer became the deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.
A year later, Spencer was placed in charge of the Jacksonville office.

Before joining the FBI, Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He later became an engineer in the commercial nuclear power industry.


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Thomas Brandon, ATF’s Top Official, Retiring

Acting head of ATF Thomas Brandon.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas Brandon, who led ATF since 2015, is retiring, the website The Trace reports.  Brandon will step down on April 30.

“Deputy Director Brandon has faithfully served ATF for 30 years, starting as a Special Agent in 1989,” ATF spokesperson Bradley Engelbert said in an emailed statement to the new site. “He has earned his retirement.”

Brandon, a career agent,  filled the top spot but never nominated as director. So, at some point, even though he remained the top official, he was given the title of deputy director.

No replacement has been named. Last November, Politico reported that Chuck Canterbury, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, was being considered for the position.


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Secret Service Agent Robert DeProspero, Fierce Protector of Presidents, Dies at 80

Robert DeProspero

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert DeProspero who became the Secret Service agent in charge of Reagan’s protection after the 1981 assassination attempt, died last Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 80, the New York Times reports. He suffered from was amyloidosis, a rare disease in which an abnormal protein is deposited in tissues and organs.

After taking over the Reagan detail he added measures to shore up the president’s safety, the Times reports.

“There’s no question that if you made a wrong move or did not do what you were supposed to do, it would ruin your life, your family’s life, and would ruin anyone who was associated with you,” he told The Associated Press in 1985.

In a video message to agents in 1984, he said: “I don’t ever care about being criticized for overdoing as long as we consider security our first priority. We can’t afford to let up.”

In all, he protected five presidents.


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Eric Jackson, Head of Dallas FBI, Leaving With Some Politicians Headed For Prison

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eric Jackson, who began heading up the FBI in Dallas in March 2017, is leaving with a list of accomplishments, particularly in the area of public corruption.

He’s leaving behind a list of local public officials who are now facing prison time, NBC5 reports.

The station talked with Jackson about his tenure in Dallas.


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Ex-Chicago Cornerback Charles Tillman Becomes An FBI Agent

Tillman (Photo by Jeffrey Beall)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has become an an FBI agent.

A source tells the Chicago Tribune that Tillman graduated from the FBI’s training academy is now working as an agent.

Tillman, 37, retired from the NFL in 2016.

 


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