New Special Agent in Charge named for FBI Minneapolis Field Office

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Michael F. Paul the new "SAC" after Paul recently served in an acting capacity in Minneapolis.

Michael Paul

MINNEAPOLIS, M.N. — The FBI Field Office in Minneapolis has a new special agent in charge.

According to a press release from the Minneapolis Public Affairs Officer, FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Michael F. Paul the new “SAC” after Paul recently served in an acting capacity in Minneapolis. He is set to begin on a permanent basis on October 12, 2020.

Paul, who recently served as a section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., started his career out as an Honors intern in 1994. He was later hired as a management and program analyst for the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

In 1999, he was selected to be a special agent and assigned to the Detroit Field Office. Paul’s duties included serving in healthcare fraud, drug diversion and environmental crimes. Beginning in 2001, he worked counterterrorism cases for several years and was also a part of the Detroit SWAT Team, Hazardous Materials Response Team and was also an operational medic.

After being promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division in 2005, he was detailed to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center in which he coordinated investigations and intelligence-sharing regarding sensitive international weapons of mass destruction threats.

He also served as a senior detailee in 2006 and unit chief under the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate while overseeing FBI personnel detailed to the CIA, National Counterterrorism Threat Center and the National Security Agency.

Paul was named chief of the WMDD’s executive staff in 2008 and was also selected as a Joint Terrorism Task Force field supervisor for the Cleveland Field Office in 2009 in which he served until 2013. He was then named an assistant special agent in charge in the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia, leading the office’s counterintelligence, counterterrorism, intelligence, and crisis management programs.

In 2015, Paul was promoted, this time to Chief of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Section at the FBI Headquarters in Washington. He also led the National JTTF and served as co-chair of the Department of Justice’s Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee.

After transferring in the Counterterrorism Division to serve as chief of the Data Innovation Section before being called to serve as the acting SAC in Minneapolis in the summer of 2020.

Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has advanced degrees from West Virginia University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.




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