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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Keith L. Bennett Named Assistant Director of the Inspection Division

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Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Keith L. Bennett assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division. Mr. Bennett most recently served as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Training Division.

Mr. Bennett began his career as an FBI special agent in 1987 and was initially assigned to the Salt Lake City Division. While there, he investigated white-collar crime and drug violations. He transferred to the San Diego Division, where he served from 1993 to 1998.

In 1998, Mr. Bennett was promoted to supervisory special agent at FBI Headquarters, where he provided support to the organized crime and drug programs. Two years later, he returned to the San Diego Division, where he supervised drug intelligence, counterterrorism, and alien smuggling squads and directed the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force.

While in San Diego, he served temporarily at FBI Headquarters as a team leader in the Inspection Division. He conducted inspections of field offices, Headquarters entities, and legal attaché offices.

In 2005, Mr. Bennett was appointed as assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Phoenix Division. As ASAC, he was program manager of international and domestic terrorism, counterintelligence, and intelligence programs. He oversaw the special operations group, training, and SWAT programs.

He subsequently served as a special assistant to Director Mueller, where he provided counsel to the Director on policy and administrative matters. After serving as special assistant, he was selected as special agent in charge of the Cincinnati field office in 2007. 

Mr. Bennett graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. He served on active duty from 1978 through 1983, and as a reservist from 1983 to 1987, earning the rank of lieutenant commander. After serving in the military, he served as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C.

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