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James H. Davis Named Denver SAC

Washington, D.C. March 18, 2008
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

James H. Davis has been named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Denver Division of the FBI. Most recently, Mr. Davis served as Legal Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.

Mr. Davis entered on duty with the FBI in March 1985. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he was assigned to the Richmond Division, where he primarily worked white collar crime investigations in addition to recruiting and applicant matters.

In March 1989, Mr. Davis was transferred to the Chicago Division and was assigned to an undercover operation involving fraud in the commodities markets. He was assigned to the Public Corruption Squad in April 1991, where he was the case agent on a three-year undercover operation, Silver Shovel, which resulted in over two dozen convictions, including six City of Chicago Aldermen. Mr. Davis was promoted to supervisor of that squad in 1996.

Mr. Davis was transferred to FBI Headquarters in August 1998, where he was responsible for supervising FBI agents assigned to the independent counsel investigation of Secretary of the Interior Bruce Edward Babbitt. In September 1999, he was promoted to Unit Chief of the National Press Office. In July 2001, Mr. Davis was named Chief of the Governmental Fraud Unit and served in that capacity until he was appointed Assistant Section Chief of Financial Crimes Section in September 2002.

In February 2003, Mr. Davis was named Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Division. His responsibilities included program management of all FBI criminal investigations in Indiana. During his tenure there, he served two extended temporary duty assignments in the Middle East. From November 2003 to January 2004, Mr. Davis served as the Deputy On-Scene Commander of the FBI's Baghdad Operations Center in Baghdad, Iraq, with oversight responsibilities for post-war counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations. From December 2004 to February 2005, he served as the On-Scene Commander for the FBI in Afghanistan, where he led FBI operations there in the hunt for al Qaeda operatives and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mr. Davis was selected to serve as Legal Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, in July 2006. He was responsible for the strategic, executive-level oversight of all non-terrorism FBI operations and personnel in the Iraqi Theater of Operations and effectively serving the interests of the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq as the senior FBI representative in the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Mr. Davis was born in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated with an accounting degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, in 1982. Before entering on duty with the FBI, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in Chicago, Illinois.