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Michael S. Welch Named SAC in Indianapolis
Michael S. Welch, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, has been
named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s
Indianapolis Office. Director Robert S. Mueller, III, appointed
him to this position to replace retired SAC Keith L. Lourdeau.
Most recently, Mr. Welch served as Section Chief of the
International Operations Section, Office of International
Operations at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Mr. Welch entered on duty with the FBI as a special agent
on September 6, 1988. Following training at the FBI Academy
in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Kansas City
Field Office where he served for approximately seven years.
During his tenure at Kansas City, he worked exclusively
on the Organized Crime (OC)/Drug Task Force and was a member
of the SWAT team.
In June 1995, he was transferred to the OC Section, Criminal
Investigative Division, at FBI Headquarters. In August
1997, he was named Supervisory Special Agent of the Organized
Squad, Miami Field Office. While in Miami, he served as
the OC program manager and supervised the South Florida
OC Task Force.
In January 2000, he was named Unit Chief of the La Cosa
Nostra Unit, FBIHQ. After serving in this position for
nine months he was selected as the Assistant Section Chief
of the OC Section. In this capacity, he managed all FBI
OC Investigations and the FBI/Hungarian National Police
Task Force in Budapest, Hungary. He served on several international
working groups and was the Co-Chairman for the U.S./Canadian
Law Enforcement Cross-Border Forum. In May 2002, he was
named Acting Section Chief of the OC Section.
In November 2003, he was appointed Assistant Special Agent
in Charge (ASAC), Washington Field Office, Administrative
Division. As ASAC, he managed all support service functions
as well as applicants, training, and the AG/Director's
On September 15, 2004, Mr. Welch was appointed Section Chief
of the International Operations Section, Office of International
Operations at FBIHQ. In this capacity, Mr. Welch managed
more than 75 FBI offices in U.S. Embassies and U.S. Consulates
worldwide. In addition to his Executive Staff, he directed
the FBI's Visitor/Protocol, Passport and Visa Programs. He
supervised FBI agent and support personnel assigned to Interpol's
National Central Bureau in Washington, D.C.; the United Nations
office in New York; Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon,
France; as well as Europol's headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.
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