For Immediate Release
January 9, 2008
FBI National Press Office
G. Perren Named SAC of the Washington Field Office’s
John G. Perren has been named Special Agent in Charge
(SAC) of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Counterterrorism
Branch. Director Robert S. Mueller, III, appointed him
to this position to replace former SAC Michael J. Heimbach,
who was recently named Associate Director of National Intelligence
detailed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Most recently, Mr. Perren served as Section Chief of the
Countermeasures and Preparedness Section of the Weapons
of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at FBI Headquarters.
Mr. Perren entered on duty as a special agent of the
FBI in March 1987. Upon completion of training at the FBI
Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Newark
Field Office, where he worked counterterrorism investigations
as a member of the Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
During his ten-year tenure there, he also served on the
SWAT Team and as the field office’s aviation coordinator.
In 1997, Mr. Perren was promoted to Supervisory Special
Agent of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Unit, Counterterrorism
and Planning Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington,
D.C. In this position, Perren coordinated the efforts of
12 field offices located in the Northeast region of the
United States in their fight against terrorism.
In 1999, Mr. Perren was promoted to JTTF supervisor at
the Washington Field Office. He was promoted to Assistant
Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office’s
Counterterrorism Branch II in 2001. During his tenure at
the Washington Field Office, Mr. Perren expanded the JTTF
from nine federal, state, and local agencies to 34 and
developed a Command and Tactical Operations Center to coordinate
all crisis management for the field office. He also established
the Washington Field Office’s first Joint Intelligence
Task Force and Field Intelligence Group.
Mr. Perren was one of three on-scene commanders at the
Pentagon following 9/11, with the responsibility to preserve
the crime scene, coordinate recovery efforts with special
military units within the impact area, and ensure the safety
of personnel at the scene. From January 2005 to June 2005,
he was the on-scene commander for FBI Field Operations
in Baghdad, Iraq.
In July 2005, Mr. Perren was promoted to Section Chief
of the WMD/Domestic Terrorism Operations Section in the
Counterterrorism Division, which provided national program
management and support to detect, deter, and defeat acts
of domestic terrorism, as well as the actual or threatened
use of WMD. On July 26, 2006, the WMD Directorate was created
to ensure that proper policies, protocols, and resources
were established and deployed to minimize and mitigate
the effects of a WMD incident and expedite the FBI's ability
to execute its statutory intelligence, investigative, and
crisis response obligations. Mr. Perren served as Section
Chief of the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section until
his appointment as SAC.
Prior to becoming an FBI agent, Mr. Perren was a member of
the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC,
for 14 years. During his tenure on the MPD, he worked as
a patrol officer and plain clothes officer. He worked violent
crimes and served as an undercover officer on the Narcotic
Task Force before being detailed to the Drug Enforcement
Administration on a long-term undercover assignment. He was
later promoted to the rank of detective, investigating armed
robberies, kidnappings, and assault with intent to kill cases.
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