Charlene Thornton, 52, took over her new assignment as special agent in charge of the regional office Tuesday.
She will supervise 382 agents who investigate federal crimes and terrorism in 15 counties in northern and central coastal
The field office has nine satellite offices in
The new chief was previously assistant director of the FBI’s inspection division, evaluating FBI programs and investigating employee misconduct, at FBI headquarters in
Agent Joseph Schadler, a spokesman for the field office, said the organization focuses on investigation in three areas.
The first is violations of federal criminal law on subjects ranging from securities fraud to mail and wire fraud, public corruption and organized crime.
The other two areas are terrorism and counter-intelligence, or the investigation of spying by foreign operatives.
She was named chief of the FBI’s field office in
She was promoted to the inspection division in
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