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Amy Hess Named Assistant Director of the Operational Technology Division

Washington, D.C. June 08, 2011
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Amy S. Hess assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division. Ms. Hess most recently served as special agent in charge of the Memphis Division.

“Amy’s experience in counterterrorism and counterintelligence make her well-prepared to lead the Operational Technology Division, which develops and supports state-of-the-art technologies that enable and enhance the FBI’s investigative efforts,” said Director Mueller.

Ms. Hess began her career as an FBI special agent in 1991 and was initially assigned to the Kansas City Field Office. While there, she investigated violent crimes, gangs, and drug trafficking organizations. She was an applicant assessor, a firearms instructor, and a member of the Evidence Response Team.

In 1999, Ms. Hess transferred to the Louisville Division, where she investigated domestic terrorism. She also served as the division’s principal firearms instructor and Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator. Ms. Hess was promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad in 2002. In 2005, she was assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

Ms. Hess was promoted to assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the Phoenix Division in 2007. As ASAC, she was assigned to the Tucson Resident Agency, with oversight of nearly 100 employees throughout southern Arizona. During that time, she was temporarily deployed as the on-scene commander for the FBI’s counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.

Ms. Hess returned to FBI Headquarters in 2008, where she was promoted to chief of the Executive Staff Section in the National Security Branch. She was subsequently named section chief in the International Operations Division, in charge of the operational support of the Bureau’s 61 legal attaché offices worldwide.

Ms. Hess is native of Jeffersonville, Indiana and holds a degree in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from Purdue University.