FBI Newark
Public Affairs Specialist Amy Thoreson
May 21, 2020

Newark FBI Special Agent in Charge Announces Retirement

NEWARK—Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, of the Newark Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will retire from the FBI effective May 29, 2020. SAC Ehrie has served the FBI domestically and abroad for more than 22 years and has worked in the Newark and New York Field Offices as well as FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.

SAC Ehrie has led the Newark Office since May 2018. He has received numerous commendations from local and federal law enforcement agencies. Under his leadership, Newark Field Office made more than 948 arrests, 286 indictments, and 534 convictions. He oversaw many successful and high profile cases, including the investigation of an elaborate $300 million investment scheme, the seizure of millions of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the arrest of an Atlantic City Mayor, a federal health care fraud takedown that resulted in 54 defendants charged and convicted, a multi-million-dollar illegal kickback scheme from a pharmacy employee, a doctor described as “Candy Man” and “El Chapo" of Opioids distributed opioids to patients, as well as the apprehension of Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Lamont Stephenson, and the return of Fugitive Afzal Khan to the United States.

Mr. Ehrie entered on duty as a special agent with the FBI in March of 1998. He was first assigned to the New York Field Office where he worked organized crime and drug matters.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Mr. Ehrie served on the PENTTBOM Task Force investigating the attacks and, in 2003, was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division. In 2006, Mr. Ehrie was tasked to help create the New York Field Office’s first Human Intelligence Squad.

In 2008, Mr. Ehrie was promoted to supervisor over the New York Field Office’s Domestic Terrorism Squad and during this time served as the acting legal attache’ in Algiers, Algeria. Among his other assignments, SAC Ehrie was the assistant inspector in the Inspection Division and the assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch and the Criminal Enterprise Branch for the Newark Field Office. In 2015, Mr. Ehrie was appointed chief of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

Mr. Ehrie stated, “It has been a true honor to serve the American people, to protect and defend the Constitution, and to collaborate with our local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to achieve the common goal of protecting our communities. I will miss the work and, even more, the people with whom I have served. As I embark on a new chapter in my career with the Anti Defamation League, I wish my colleagues much success in carrying out the important work of this world-renowned agency.”

“Greg Ehrie has been everything you could want in a leader, said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito. As special agent in charge of the FBI in New Jersey, he was a true partner, bringing together agent and prosecutor, as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement. He used his substantial talent, experience, and tireless work ethic to combat the most pressing public safety issues in our state, and the results are clear: an unprecedented reduction in violent crime in our cities. His dedication to the job and his professionalism will be missed, as will his good counsel. I will miss my good friend and partner. But his impact on New Jersey will continue through the fine men and women of the FBI that benefited from his leadership these past two years.”

Special Agent in Charge Greg Ehrie’s contributions over his distinguished career with the FBI have been immeasurable to counterterrorism efforts in New Jersey and across the nation,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “He has long been a key partner to NJOHSP, and we will continue to benefit from his leadership and guidance as we do everything possible to protect the residents and visitors of our State.”

“Special Agent in Charge Greg Ehrie will forever be remembered as a dedicated law enforcement professional who brought the fight to terrorists, and in the process, made the world a safer place,” said Colonel J. Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Although Greg has a long list of achievements that deserves recognition, I would like to take the opportunity to thank him on behalf of the entire New Jersey State Police family for his unwavering partnership in our efforts to apprehend Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of the murder of Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. Greg always made it clear that her return to New Jersey to complete her sentence is one of the FBI’s top priorities.” We at the Newark Division wish Mr. Ehrie the very best in his new endeavor.

Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie