FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III last week announced the appointment of Thomas J. Harrington as the bureau’s associate deputy director.
Harrington, who will be replacing Timothy P. Murphy, most recently served as the executive assistant director of the criminal, cyber, response and services branch. He has led the largest operational entity within the FBI addressing criminal and national security missions, composed of the criminal, cyber and international operations divisions, as well as the Critical Incident Response Group, the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination, and the Office of Victim Assistance.
“Throughout his 25 years with the bureau, T.J. has distinguished himself as an innovative leader,” Mueller said. “He has led our efforts to become a more intelligence-led organization and initiated proven management practices to track progress, address gaps, and evaluate successes for our highest priorities and initiatives.”
From late 2007 to January 2009, Harrington served as the associate executive assistant director for the national security branch. In December 2002, Mueller selected Harrington to serve as deputy assistant director for counterterrorism, operational support branch. He also played an important role in establishing the national security branch in 2005. Among Harrington’s achievements are creating the National Threat Center and the 24/7 Counterterrorism Watch Center.
Harrington’s FBI career began in 1984 in the Denver division. In 1993, he became the supervisor of the economic crimes unit in the Philadelphia division. He was later promoted as the assistant special agent in charge for organized crime, drugs and violent crime.