A longtime FBI employee with a background in counterintelligence has been named special agent in charge of the agency’s Las Vegas division. Kevin Favreau, assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters in Washington, will replace Steve Martinez, who has held the job for the past three years. A spokesman said Favreau is scheduled to begin his Las Vegas assignment on Jan. 4.
FBI Director Robert Mueller has named Martinez assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles division.
Mueller appointed Favreau to his current position in April 2008. Favreau previously served as deputy assistant director for operations support in the counterintelligence division at FBI headquarters.
Favreau began his employment with the FBI in October 1983 as a support employee in the agency’s Boston division and later served as an intelligence information system analyst. In 1988, he was selected as a special agent and spent the next eight years in the Pittsburgh division, where he primarily handled counterespionage, counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters.
In 1996, Favreau became a supervisor in the national security division’s operational training unit at FBI headquarters. In 1999, he transferred to the Portland division, where he had supervisory oversight of all FBI investigations in the state of Oregon concerning domestic terrorism, international terrorism, computer intrusions and counterintelligence.
As part of an interagency strategic counterintelligence effort, Favreau joined the Central Intelligence Agency in September 2001 as chief of staff of the newly created Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive.
In May 2002, Favreau was named assistant section chief of the newly created counterespionage section at FBI headquarters. In June 2003, he was assigned to the position of assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco division, where he had responsibility for all FBI counterintelligence operations in North California and the Silicon Valley.
Favreau was selected to be chief of the counterespionage section at FBI headquarters in November 2004.
From August 2005 until June 2006, Favreau served as chief of the newly created counterintelligence strategy and domain section at FBI headquarters. From July 2006 until January 2008, he served as special agent in charge of the Washington field office counterintelligence program.
Favreau, a native of Massachusetts, received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science in 1983 from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and a degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1988. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Cynthia, a former FBI employee.
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