FBI shifts technology executives

FBI shifts technology executives

FBI director Robert S. Mueller III yesterday appointed two officials to key technology jobs as part of a management overhaul that brought nine officials to new positions.

Keith L. Lourdeau is now chief of the Cyber Crime Section in the Cyber Division. Since February 2001, he had been in charge of the FBI's St. Louis office. Lourdeau previously was detailed to the CIA to target organized crime. Lourdeau joined the FBI in 1986 and has worked in the Chicago and Little Rock, Ark., field offices.

Mueller named Thomas W. Richardson assistant director of the Investigative Technologies Division. He formerly was acting deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigation Division's Financial Crimes, Integrity in Government/Civil Rights, Operational Support and Administrative Branch. Richardson worked in the Washington, Chicago and Omaha, Neb., field offices as well as in several management positions after joining the bureau in 1975.

FBI executive assistant director Dale L. Watson retired and plans to start working for consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Va. In mid-July, Watson made a surprise statement that terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden was dead'a view at variance with the administration's. Watson worked for the FBI for 24 years. Mueller praised his management of counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations since 1982.

FBI executive assistant director Bruce J. Gebhart received a promotion to deputy director to oversee all investigative and operational matters. Gebhart is a 28-year FBI veteran.

The management makeover included shifts in the leadership of the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force of the Counterterrorism Division and the leadership of the Scientific Analysis Section of the Laboratory Division. Mueller also named four new special agents in charge of regional offices.

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