Saturday, May 25, 2002

Ky. FBI office gets new top agent




The Associated Press

        LOUISVILLE — The new head of FBI operations for Kentucky, J. Stephen Tidwell, took office this week, after serving several positions in the agency over the past two decades.

        Mr. Tidwell, 49, arrived Thursday in Louisville, after working as an inspector at FBI headquarters in Washington since July 2001.

        Mr. Tidwell said he and other top agents have made the fight against terrorism their top priority since Sept. 11.

        “We are truly reinventing ourselves,” Mr. Tidwell said at the Louisville office Friday. He acknowledged that since terrorism has taken top priority, other former FBI targets have taken a back seat, like drug trafficking.

        “So if it is a drug organization, it's going to have to be a large one” to attract the attention of the bureau, he said. “We'll still make sure the full weight of the agency is aimed at the larger organizations.”

        Mr. Tidwell replaces Jeffrey Lampinski, who became head of the FBI office in Philadelphia in March.

        Mr. Tidwell started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Texas, and then joined the FBI as a field agent in 1983.

       



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