Director Robert S. Mueller III has named Edward J. Hanko the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division. Mr. Hanko most recently served as the chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division and was responsible for the undercover, budget, and administrative programs.
Mr. Hanko joined the FBI in 1986 and was assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, he was transferred to the Newark Field Office, where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations.
Three years later, Mr. Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, where he worked drug, organized crime, and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002 and managed investigations across all investigative programs. In 2005, Mr. Hanko transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he instructed new agents, police officers, and Command Staff College attendees.
He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007 and had program management responsibility for the violent crime, organized crime, gang/criminal enterprise, and critical incident response programs. In October 2009, Mr. Hanko was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Mr. Hanko earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore in 1985. He served as an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1981-86.