Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 18, 2008

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

D. Keith Bryars Named SAC of the Washington Field Office's Administrative Division

D. Keith Bryars, a 21-year veteran of the FBI, has been named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Administrative Division in the FBI's Washington Field Office. Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed him to this position to replace SAC Michael Morehart, who is returning to FBI Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Director of the Security Division.

Mr. Bryars entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in 1987. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Kansas City Division, where he worked a variety of criminal matters. In 1994, he was assigned to the Miami Division, where he primarily investigated public corruption.

In May 1998, Mr. Bryars was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Criminal Investigative Division's Undercover and Sensitive Operations Unit at FBI Headquarters. In that role, he oversaw the development and implementation of undercover operations and assisted FBI and Department of Justice executive management in the review and approval of these operations. In August 2000, he was assigned to the Memphis Division's Nashville resident agency. In Nashville, he was responsible for the Violent Crimes Safe Streets Task Force and supervised all programs and personnel in three resident agencies in the territory surrounding Nashville. In 2005, he supervised the Nashville Joint Terrorism Task Force and collaborated with the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security to establish the state fusion center.

In February 2006, Mr. Bryars reported as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Birmingham Division, with responsibility for all FBI criminal programs and resident agencies in northern Alabama. While there, he served as On-Scene Commander for several crisis and major arrest operations.

Mr. Bryars is a native of Alabama and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Before becoming a special agent, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Nuclear Components Division. He is married and has two children.

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