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Thomas Relford Named Special Agent in Charge of Albany Field Office

Special Agent Thomas Relford.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Thomas Relford, who had been serving as an inspector at FBI headquarters, has been tapped as special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office in New York.

Relford joined the bureau as a special agent in 1996 at the New Orleans Field Office, investigating criminal and counterterrorism cases. In 2005, he was promoted to supervisor of the Baton Rouge Resident Agency in Louisiana, overseeing investigative programs.

In 2008, Relford became the legal attaché in Dakar, Senegal, where he oversaw investigations in 11 Western and Central African countries and served as FBI liaison to local law enforcement and government agencies. In 2010, he went to Nairobi, Kenya, to serve as legal attaché for three years. Relford was responsible for the oversight and investigative programs in five countries, including the probe into the 2010 World Cup bombing in Kampala, Uganda.

In 2013, Relford was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office, where he was in charge of the National Security Branch. In 2015, he led the Criminal and Administrative Branch. He was promoted in 2018 to inspector in the Inspector Division at headquarters, where he inspected investigative and administrative programs of the bureau nationwide.

Before the FBI, Relford served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for four years and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University.

FBI’s Eric Jackson to Head Up Dallas Office; Vadim Thomas Named SAC in Albany

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Eric K. Johnson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New assignments are being hand out by FBI Director James B. Comey.

Eric K. Jackson, who has served as special agent in charge of the Kansas City Division, will head south to take charge of the Dallas Division. Jackson, a Dallas native, assumes the post in March.

Jackson joined the FBI in 1997.

Vadim Thomas, who has served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Albany Division.  He’ll assume the post in March.

Thomas joined the FBI in 1995.

Leader of Albany’s FBI Office to Head Up FBI Washington Field Office

Andrew Vale

Andrew Vale

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Vale, special agent in charge of the Albany office, is leaving his post at the end of the month to become assistant director in charge of the bureau’s Washington D.C. field office.

Vale may best be known as the leader of the investigation into the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the Times Union reports. 

“It is with tremendously mixed emotions,” Vale said about his departure in an interview at his office. “This area has become home for me and my family.”

The FBI has only three assistant directors in the country – one at each field office in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

“Really I just wanted to make a difference,” Vale, a 25-year-veteran of the FBI said. “I kind of viewed the FBI as being elite and wanted to work for an organization that was all about making a difference in the communities that we served.”

FBI Closes Kingston Office, Moves Operations to Albany

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI shuttered its Kingston office in New York and moved staff and resources to the Albany offices, the Mid-Hudson News reports.

The move will make operations run more smoothly, said FBI spokesman Paul Holstein.

“The Albany division did not have any resources diverted away as part of the closing of this resident agency. These assets were merely reallocated within our division to be utilized more effectively and efficiently,” told the Mid-Hudson News. “One of the major issues when we look at an analysis to determine what resident agencies should be closed is to reduce internal costs to run it more efficiently and to use taxpayers’ money more effectively.”

Albany’s New FBI Agent in Charge Has Extensive Background Investigating Terrorism

Andrew Vale

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent with extensive experience in counterterrorism is taking over the bureau’s Albany Division, the Associated Press reports.

Andrew Vale has been named agent in charge of the division, which is responsible for investigations in northern New York and Vermont, the AP wrote.

Vale began his career with the FBI in 1991, when he started investigated terrorism and civil rights in Newark, N.J.

Vale also served in Washington beginning in 2001 and became involved with domestic terrorism investigations.

Vale continued similar work in the Albany Division beginning in 2006, the AP wrote.