Friday, July 22, 2011

Mueller Names New Special Agents in Charge for Four FBI Divisions



On July 18, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S. Mueller III named new special agents in charge at four FBI divisions across the United States.

The new SACs include: David A. Ford for the Springfield, Ill. Division; Stephen L. Morris for the Houston Division; Christopher M. Piehota for the Buffalo Division; and James L. Turgal for the Phoenix Division.

Ford was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Springfield Division. He began his work with the FBI in 1992. Ford has served at FBI Headquarters, two U.S. Embassies and in the San Antonio and Atlanta Field Divisions. Recently, Ford has been working as chief of the Cyber Intelligence Section and as the senior executive responsible for organizing and leading the FBI's analysis and reporting on cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, Internet fraud, intellectual property rights theft and other technology crimes.

Morris was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Houston Division. He began his work in 1988 as an administrative file clerk in the FBI's Honolulu Division. Morris has also worked in the El Paso, Cincinnati and Houston Divisions, as well as at FBI Headquarters in the Criminal Investigative and Criminal Justice Information Services Divisions, among others. Additionally, he was program manager for the FBI's development of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange program. Morris most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division at FBI Headquarters.

Piehota was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo Division. In 1995, Piehota began his FBI career as special agent in the Newark Field Office. Later, he worked at FBI Headquarters in the Counterterrorism Division, as well at the Washington Filed Office. In 2010, Piehota joined the Terrorist Screening Center as deputy director for operations.

Turgal was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix Division. Turgel first entered duty as an FBI special agent in March 1996 and was assigned to the Houston Division. Over the years, Turgel has worked at FBI Headquarters in the Office of General Counsel, Counterterrorism Division and the Director's Research Group. He has also worked in the FBI's Cincinnati Division and the Washington Field Office. Most recently, Turgel has been serving as the special assistant to the deputy director at FBI Headquarters.

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