Press Release

For Immediate Release
February 28, 2002

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, today announced the appointment of Kevin P. Donovan as Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office. ADIC Donovan will head the FBI's largest field office, replacing Barry Mawn, who retires in March 2002.

In making his selection, Director Mueller noted "the significant, intimate knowledge of the New York Division that Kevin has acquired while serving in senior leadership positions there and in the neighboring Newark field office is his greatest qualification for such a critical post."

ADIC Donovan said, regarding his vision for the New York Office, "In view of the events of September 11, 2001, the focus of the New York Office will continue to be preventing another incident through interaction with our partners in state and local law enforcement. We will also continue our focus on the criminal threat to the livelihoods of New Yorkers."

As head of the New York Office, ADIC Donovan will oversee approximately 1,100 Special Agents and 800 professional support employees and a region composed of New York City, Long Island, and the counties of Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, and Sullivan.

ADIC Donovan entered on duty with the FBI as a Special Agent on June 26, 1978. His first assignment after completing FBI Academy training was to the Newark field office; there he specialized in interstate theft matters and hostage negotiations and served as a police training instructor. In 1988, he was promoted to a supervisory position in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBIHQ. In 1991, he became Supervisory Senior Resident Agent of the Philadelphia field office's Scranton, PA, Resident Agency. In December 1996, he became Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office's Administrative Division and, in January 1998, of its Organized Crime Branch. In May 1999, he became Associate SAC of the New York Office's Criminal Division. In January 2001, he was promoted to SAC of the Special Operations Division of the New York Office. Since April 2001, he has served as SAC of the Newark field office.

ADIC Donovan, age 52, was born in Oceanside, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Adelphi University, a Master of Criminal Justice degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a certificate in public administration from the University of Southern California's Washington, D.C., Public Affairs Center. He worked as a probation officer in Nassau County, NY, and as an instructor at Somerset County College in Branchburg, NJ, before joining the FBI.

The FBI has 18 Assistant Directors - 15 who head divisions at FBI Headquarters and three who head field offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The remaining 53 field offices are headed by Special Agents in Charge. The Assistant Director position is the third-highest currently-staffed position in the FBI, after the Director and the four Executive Assistant Directors.

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