For Immediate Release
FBI National Press Office
Career FBI Agent and Government Finance Manager are Promoted
to FBI Assistant Director Positions
Louis J. Freeh today appointed a senior career FBI Agent,
and a government finance manager, to leadership positions
in the FBI.
Kathleen L. McChesney
will become the Assistant Director in charge of training,
based at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Susan J.
Rabern will take over as Assistant Director for finance,
with the responsibility for managing the FBI annual budget
of more than $3.6 billion. Ms. Rabern, who joined the FBI
last year, represents another of Freeh's recent recruitments
of outside experts to run divisions which have increasingly
required specialization, during a time when the FBI faces
the technological challenges of both its broad investigative
mission and an upgrading of its support infrastructure.
Freeh has also turned to outsiders to lead the FBI Laboratory
and the information management divisions.
50, now serves as Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago
field office, one of the FBI's largest. She is a 23year
veteran of the Bureau and one of the first women to join
the Agent ranks after women were allowed to do so in the
mid-1970's. Ms. McChesney has risen steadily through the
ranks after beginning her career as a field investigator
in Seattle. She has held management positions in Los Angeles,
Portland, Ore., Detroit, and at FBI Headquarters in Washington,
D.C. As Special Agent in Charge in Portland, she was only
the second woman to head an FBI field division. Ms. McChesney
holds a master's degree and a Ph. D in Public Administration.
McChesney will be responsible for all training programs
for FBI personnel and for training provided to U.S. and
international law enforcement officers. Programs include
new FBI Agents training, the National Academy for state
and local police management, international training and
oversight of the International Law Enforcement Academy in
Budapest, Hungary. Overall last year, more than 18,000 criminal
justice personnel were trained at the Academy.
Ms. Rabern, 49,
now the Deputy Assistant Director for finance, joined the
FBI in August, 2000 after a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy.
Her most recent Navy assignment was Commanding Officer,
Naval Support Activity, Washington Naval Yard. She also
served on the staff of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff as a funding expert. She holds a Master's of Business
Administration degree in finance, as well as Master's Degrees
in national security affairs and education.
McChesney and Susan Rabern have distinguished themselves
in a variety of assignments," said Freeh. "As
an investigator, supervisor, program manager and as twice
head of a field office, Kathleen has demonstrated success
at every level. She is an innovator with a vision for the
future, which makes her extremely well-suited to lead one
of the most important divisions of the FBI," Freeh
a record of achievement during her naval career and the
FBI is better today because of her contributions over the
past year," Freeh said. "She is ideally well suited
to lead our critically-important budget and finance operation."
The FBI has 14
Assistant Directors eleven who head divisions at
FBI Headquarters and three who head field offices in New
York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. The Assistant Director
position is the third-highest in the FBI after the Director
and the Deputy Director.
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