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Charlotte FBI office gets new top agent

A law enforcement officer with experience in financial, violent and cyber crime has been named the new agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Charlotte.

John Strong will head the Charlotte division, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller III. Strong most recently was deputy assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, W.Va.

He replaces Chris Briese, who retired late last year.

Strong was a trooper with the Virginia State Police before joining the FBI in 1990. His first assignment was the Charlotte Division, and he was based in Fayetteville. He was promoted in 1997 to supervisory special agent of the Major Theft/Government Reservation Crime Unit in Washington. In that position, he managed the Jewelry Theft and Art Theft programs.

In March 2000, Strong became field supervisor for the Knoxville Division, where he was responsible for investigations into violent crime, gangs, and organized crime. In August 2005, he was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Little Rock Division.

Strong became chief of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in August 2008 and was promoted in November 2011 to his most recent position.

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