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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.

New Special Agent in Charge of San Fransisco Division Played Key Role in iPhone Hack

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just two months before Jack Bennett became special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco division in May, the 52-year-old played a key role in accessing the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

Bennet was working at the FBI’s computer investigation lab in Quantico, Va., when the bureau received help from an outside company to hack into the iPhone, the Associated Press reports. 

“There wasn’t high fives, and there weren’t people singing down the hallways,” he recalled. “It was very much business. ‘OK, let’s move forward to the next steps. Let’s get on the phone. What do we need to do to purchase the tool?'”

Bennett, who has nearly 30 years of experience in law enforcement, has battled drug smuggling operations for the DEA before tackling child sex crimes and animal rights extremists for the FBI.

“The U.S. government sometimes loses sight of what is important to corporations … and privacy is incredibly important,” Bennett said during a recent interview at his office.

Gordon Johnson, a 21-Year-Veteran of the FBI, Takes Helm at Bureau’s Baltimore Division

FBI's Baltimore Division.

FBI’s Baltimore Division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gordon Johnson, who has worked with the FBI since 1995, has been named special agent in charge of the Baltimore Division.

FBI Director James B. Comey announced the appointment this month of Johnson, who most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

Gary Johnson

After entering the FBI in 1995, Johnson was first assigned to the New York Field Office, investigating national security issues.

Johnson has held numerous leadership positions, including in the Counterintelligence Division and Baltimore Division, a senior representative to the U.S. Cyber Command at the NSA, as special assistant to the FBI’s associate deputy director and as the acting special agent in charge of the Norfolk Division.

The FBI said Johnson will take the helm in Baltimore at the beginning of October.

FBI’s Las Vegas Division Gets New Special Agent in Charge

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Las Vegas division has a new special agent in charge.

Aaron Rouse, who has more than 20 years experience with the bureau, took the helm on Monday.

Rouse most recently served as section chief in the FBI’s headquarters counterintelligence division.

He replaced Laura Bucheit, who left in July after being promoted to security division assistant director to FBI Director James Comey.

Rouse served in a violent crime unit and a joint fugitive task force in the Washington field office.

FBI Veteran Amy Hess to Take Helm at Bureau’s Louisville Office

Amy Hess/fbi photo

Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Amy Hess, a 26-year veteran of the FBI, will be the new special agent in charge of the Louisville office beginning in October.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports she will be replacing the current head of the office, Howard S. Marshall, who is headed to FBI headquarters to become deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division.

Hess’ most recent assignment was executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch of the FBI. She has worked with the bureau since 1991.

Hess is originally from Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Head of Seattle FBI Office Retires, Replaced by Jay S. Tabb Jr.

Frank Montoya Jr.

Frank Montoya Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frank Montoya Jr., the head of the FBI office in Seattle, announced Thursday he’s retiring.

He will be succeeded by Jay S. Tabb Jr., a former Marine who served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, the Seattle Times reports. 

Montoya had served as the special agent in charge in Honolulu before he took over the Seattle office in 2014.

“The FBI’s exceptional mission is near to my heart, and I’ve been immensely proud to contribute to our law enforcement and national security efforts,” Montoya said in an FBI news release. “I am honored to have spent the final years of my FBI career with the exceptional agents and professional staff of the Seattle Division, and the extraordinary law enforcement leaders in Washington state.”

Montoya came under fire after he allowed one of his agents to use a fake Associated Press story to capture a bomb-hoax suspect.

Tabb was first assigned to the Dallas office when he joined the FBI in 1997. He has focused on violent crime, counterterrorism and drug-trafficking.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of San Juan Division

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Douglas A. Leff, who began his career with the FBI in 1996 and later cross-designated as a special assistant U.S. attorney, has been named as the special agent in charge of the San Juan Division, the bureau announced Tuesday. 

Most recently, Leff was an inspector assigned to FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C., where he reviewed cases and operations across all FBI programs.

Leff will begin his new role in late January.

According to the FBI:

Mr. Leff was promoted to supervisory special agent of a squad in the New York Field Office Organized Crime Branch in 2007. Between 2003 and 2009, Mr. Leff was also cross-designated as a special assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of New York. During this time, he litigated organized crime, narcotics trafficking, Internet fraud, and terrorist financing prosecutions.

In 2005, Mr. Leff received an Attorney General’s Award for his work on a series of complex money laundering and terrorist financing prosecutions.

In 2009, Mr. Leff was promoted to unit chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Unit in the Financial Crimes Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 2012, Mr. Leff was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the New York Field Office, where he was responsible for the Complex Financial Crimes Branch, which includes several squads responsible for investigating securities fraud, financial institution fraud, corporate fraud, money laundering, identity theft, Internet fraud, and asset forfeiture.

Mr. Leff continues to provide regular instruction on criminal and terrorist financing investigations for the Department of Justice and other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Leff served as an assistant district attorney in New York, where he handled the investigation and prosecution of white collar and violent crime cases.

Familiar Face Will Return As Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Omaha Office

Randall Thysse

Randall Thysse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Randall Thysse, who began his FBI career fighting white-collar crime in Omaha in 1989, will return to the office as special agent in charge, Omaha.com reports. 

Thysse will be responsible for overseeing FBI employees in Nebraska and Iowa.

In February, Thysse will replace Thomas Metz, who retired from the FBI in late November to join the private sector.

Thysse most recently oversaw crime reduction and terrorism prevention for the FBI’s Operational Program Branch of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.