For Immediate Release
December 19, 2007
FBI National Press Office
Stephen Tidwell Named Executive Assistant Director
Stephen Tidwell has been named Executive Assistant Director
of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.
Director Robert S. Mueller, III, appointed him to this position
to replace Michael A. Mason, who is who is retiring. Most
recently, Mr. Tidwell served as Assistant Director in Charge
of the Los Angeles Field Office.
Mr. Tidwell entered on duty with the FBI in June 1983, and
served in the Dallas, Mobile, and Baltimore Field Offices,
where he investigated narcotics, violent crime, and gang
matters. He also served as a team member on the Mobile and
Baltimore Field Office SWAT teams. In Baltimore, he was
an Assistant SWAT Team Leader and served as the SWAT Coordinator.
In March 2002, Mr. Tidwell was appointed Special Agent in
Charge of the Louisville Field Office. Mr. Tidwell served
as the FBI's On-Scene Commander during the D.C. sniper investigation
in October 2002. In May 2003, he was appointed Deputy Assistant
Director of the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.
Tidwell was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's
Critical Incident Response Group in November 2003. He served
as the FBI's On-Scene Commander for personnel deployed to
support the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. In August 2005,
Mr. Tidwell was designated Assistant Director in Charge
of the Los Angeles Field Office. He is a recipient of the
2005 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive.
Tidwell was born in Big Spring, Texas, and graduated from
Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, in 1974. He
is a 2005 National Defense University Pinnacle Course Fellow.
Prior to entering the FBI, he served as a police officer
with the Richardson, Texas, Police Department for eight
years, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He is married to
Paula N. Tidwell and is the father of Josh and Meghan.
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