Head of FBI's Boston office to retire next month

By Denise Lavoie
AP Legal Affairs Writer / May 26, 2010

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BOSTON—Warren Bamford, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston office, is retiring from the FBI after 24 years and going to work for a private utility, the FBI said Wednesday.

Bamford will leave June 18 and begin a job at National Grid, said Gail Marcinkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the Boston FBI.

Bamford, 51, is a Lowell native who led the FBI's Los Angeles counterterrorism division before returning to Massachusetts in 2007 to run the Boston FBI office.

Earlier in his FBI career, he worked as a sniper, hostage rescuer, anti-terrorism specialist and gang task force leader.

Marcinkiewicz said there's no word yet on who will succeed Bamford as head of the Boston office.

Bamford declined a request for an interview.

While on the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, Bamford was sent as a sniper to both the Ruby Ridge standoff in Idaho in 1992 and the government siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. Bamford said he did not fire his weapon in either case.

"If you break my career down into stages, much of it was spent in violent crime and gang investigations, and those are things I'm really concerned about," he said during a 2007 interview with The Associated Press.

Bamford was an officer in the Marine Corps for six years before joining the FBI in 1986.

He has worked for the FBI offices in Washington, D.C.; New Haven, Conn.; and Baltimore, where he worked on violent crime and gang cases.

Marcinkiewicz said she did not have details on Bamford's job with National Grid. A spokesperson for the utility had no immediate comment.

When Bamford took the job as chief of the Boston office, he listed the search for fugitive gangster James "Whitey" Bulger as one of his priorities. Bulger, who is wanted in connection with 19 murders, is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list with a $2 million reward for information leading to his capture.

During Bamford's tenure, the agency circulated wanted posters in various parts of the world and took out a full-page ad in the Plastic Surgery News, featuring photos of Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who had multiple cosmetic procedures before she allegedly went on the lam with Bulger in 1995.

Bulger has not been found.

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