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Venizelos at head of FBI NY office?

It may come as somewhat of a surprise to find out that the man in charge of the FBI in the Big Apple is of Greek descent, or maybe not.

George Venizelos has been serving as head of the FBI’s New York Division since March 2010, after his predecessor was transferred to Washington, following a sex scandal.

He had served as assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Division from March till August, 2010. Immediately following he this post he was named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.

Mr Venizelos graduated from Fordham University in 1982 with a Bachelor in Accounting Sciences and began his career working in FBI’s accounts department. During the next four years he served as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, before finally joining the FBI.

The trust of the Bureau in his abilities was shown, when he was charged with the selection of the most suitable candidates for the Agency from thousands of applicants. He notes that his job necessitates sacrifices on a personal level, as he and his family have had to relocate constantly.

In April 1991 he was assigned to the Boston Division handling so-called “white-collar crime matters”, while in August 1997 he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Russian Organized Crime Unit at the FBI Headquarters in Washington.

In 2003, under the fear of terrorists attacks like the ones on 9/11, he was placed in New York’s Counterterrorism Division, dealing with domestic terrorism and all kinds of terrorist threats to the city. George Venizelos is married and a father of four.