Alex J. Turner has been appointed the new assistant director for the FBI’s Security Division, announced FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday.
Turner, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, has been promoted from deputy assistant director for the division.
He began his career in 1985 as a special agent in Atlanta, Ga., investigating drug and property crimes. Turner later managed the Atlanta Multi-Agency Gang Task Force and the Atlanta Regional Drug Intelligence Squad.
In 1995 he moved to Washington, D.C., in the Administrative Division, working on internal disciplinary issues. He returned to the Atlanta Division two years later, again overseeing drug investigations.
In 2000, he joined the Washington Field Office working on a number of crime programs, including public corruption, violent crime and criminal intelligence.
In 2005 he was detailed to FBI headquarters with the Criminal Investigative Division, where he established the National Gang Intelligence Center. He then became the chief of the Americas Criminal Enterprise Section, overseeing violent gang and drug investigations.
In 2008, he moved to the Norfolk, Va., Division and was appointed special agent in charge.
Turner is a graduate of the University of Maryland and previously worked as a patrol officer and detective for the Greenbelt City Police Department in Maryland.