Press Release

For Immediate Release
October 8, 2003

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

FBI Director Mueller Statement Regarding the Retirement of Larry Mefford

Washington, DC - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III issued the following statement regarding the retirement of Larry Mefford, the Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence:

"Larry Mefford has been a valued colleague whose experience both as an Agent in the field and as a manager at FBI Headquarters will be greatly missed. Larry's 30 years of managing and investigating counterterrorism, criminal and crisis management matters
have made him one of the most experienced leaders in the FBI and in the law enforcement community. I wish him well in his retirement and in his future endeavors."

Mr. Mefford joined the FBI in 1979, after serving as a law enforcement officer in Reno, Nevada. In the course of his career, he has served in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Diego and San Francisco, where he served as Associate Special Agent- in-Charge. At FBI Headquarters, he assisted in interagency Weapons of Mass Destruction contingency planning efforts, authored the FBI's emergency plan to address the chemical/biological terrorist incident, and oversaw the establishment of the FBI's Cyber Division.

In November 2002, Director Mueller appointed Mr. Mefford as the Assistant Director of Counterterrorism, where he was instrumental in combating terrorism against the United States and in improving the collection, analysis and sharing of the terrorist threat data and intelligence. In July 2003, Director Mueller appointed Mr. Mefford as the Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence.