The head of the Charlotte division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is retiring after 25 years with the agency.
Special Agent in Charge Chris Briese spent the last 19 months of his tenure in Charlotte, where he oversaw the agency’s planning for September’s Democratic National Convention.
“The professionalism and teamwork displayed within the law enforcement, intelligence and first responder communities during the preparation and execution of the security plan for the DNC should serve as a model for future major events” Briese said in a news release. “I could not have scripted a better closing chapter to my 25-year FBI career.”
The agency said Briese also oversaw numerous convictions during his time in Charlotte. Among the cases was the so-called Triangle Terror Group out of Raleigh, where prosecutors said eight men were plotting a terrorist attack on the U.S. and overseas.
Briese began working for the FBI in 1987 in its Los Angeles Division, and has also worked in Washington, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh. He has led many of counterterrorism efforts within the agency, including setting up a task force in Minneapolis that was responsible for the arrest of Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaou.
Briese began working in the Charlotte division in April 2011. After leaving the agency on Friday, he will take a job with Bank of America, officials said.