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Director Mueller Names Kenneth Kaiser Assistant Director In Charge of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division

Washington, D.C. April 18, 2007
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Director Robert S. Mueller, III, has named Kenneth W. Kaiser Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. Mr. Kaiser was most recently Assistant Director of the Inspection Division.

Director Mueller said, “As Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division, Ken will be responsible for coordinating, managing, and directing all criminal investigative programs nationwide. I am confident that Ken’s investigative and managerial experience makes him well suited for this task.”

Mr. Kaiser joined the FBI as a special agent in 1982, after serving as a special agent in the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security in New York City. In his early FBI career, he was assigned to offices in New York, New Orleans, and Detroit, serving both in Detroit and in the Oakland County Resident Agency.

In November 1990, Mr. Kaiser was promoted to the Counterterrorism Planning Unit, Terrorism Section, Criminal Investigative Division. There he was responsible for Special Events Management, Aviation Security, and other terrorism matters. In February 1993, he was transferred to the Indianapolis Division, where he supervised the Violent Crimes Squad and the SWAT Team and served as the Division's Crisis Management Coordinator. Four years later, Mr. Kaiser was designated the Assistant Special Agent In Charge of the Indianapolis Division, holding management responsibility for all investigative and administrative programs.

In October 1999, Mr. Kaiser was temporarily assigned to the Inspection Division as an Inspector and then served as the Chief Inspector of the Inspection Division from April 2000 until August 2001. At that time, he returned to lead one of his earlier offices, serving as the Special Agent In Charge (SAC) of the New Orleans Division. Two years later, he was appointed SAC Boston. In November 2006, he returned to the Inspection Division as Assistant Director. He has also served as chairman of the SAC Advisory Committee. In September 2005, Mr. Kaiser returned to New Orleans a third time, as the FBI on-scene commander responsible for the command and control of all Bureau tactical assets deployed to the area soon after Hurricane Katrina made landfall and devastated that city.

Mr. Kaiser received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in 2004 and was designated as the Principal Federal Official of the NFL Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wheaton College in Illinois. Mr. Kaiser is married and has a son and a daughter