For Immediate Release
June 21, 2006
FBI National Press Office
MICHAEL A. MASON NAMED EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
Washington D.C.Director Robert S. Mueller, III is
pleased to announce the appointment of Michael A. Mason
to be Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Criminal Investigations.
In this position, Mr. Mason will oversee criminal and cyber
investigations, coordination with law enforcement, international
operations, and crisis response. Mr. Mason has served as
Acting EAD for Administration since January.
Director Mueller said, "Mike has the knowledge and
experience with both criminal investigations and administrative
matters to ensure that the criminal programs receive strategic
guidance and support. Under his leadership, I have no doubt
that the FBI will maintain its unparalleled level of excellence
in criminal investigations."
Mason joined the FBI in January 1985 and was initially assigned
to the Hartford Resident Agency, New Haven Division, where
he worked on narcotics investigations (frequently as an
undercover agent), fugitives, and bank robberies, and served
on the SWAT Team as a sniper/observer. He was later assigned
to the Washington Field Office, where he served on a White
Collar Crime/Public Corruption Squad.
came to FBI Headquarters in 1990 as a member of the Director's
security detail, and subsequently served as a supervisor
in the Personnel Resources Unit and then as an Assistant
Inspector in the Inspection Division. Beginning in 1994,
he served as supervisor of the Syracuse Resident Agency,
Albany Division, and was promoted to Assistant Special Agent
in Charge of the Buffalo Division in 1998.
Mason served as Section Chief, Applicant Processing Section,
and was responsible for, among other things, overseeing
the background investigations conducted on all FBI employees
and Presidential appointees. He served as the Special Assistant
to the Director from December 2001 to April 2002, and was
the Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Division from
2002 until his appointment as the Assistant Director in
Charge of the Washington Field Office in September 2003.
Mason was born in Chicago, Illinois. He has a degree in
accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington,
Illinois, and achieved the rank of Captain U. S. Marine
Corps prior to his discharge in December 1984. He is married
and has two sons.
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