Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie

Gregory W. Ehrie is a 28-year veteran of government service. He entered on duty with the FBI as a special agent in March 1998. After completing initial training at the FBI Academy, Mr. Ehrie was assigned to the New York Office, where he worked on the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force. In conjunction with detectives from the New York City Police Department, Mr. Ehrie investigated domestic and international narcotics trafficking and money laundering activities.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Mr. Ehrie served on the PENTBOM Task Force, composed of more than 400 federal, state, and local investigators from more than 40 agencies. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division, FBI Headquarters. As part of this assignment, Mr. Ehrie deployed for two years to the Joint Task Force, U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was designated as the first permanent supervisor for FBI Detainee Operations. In this role, Mr. Ehrie acted as a senior representative to the Intelligence Community and led a team that conducted detainee interviews, threat assessments, and analyses critical to the FBI’s counterterrorism and intelligence missions.

In 2005, Mr. Ehrie was chosen as a member of the initial cadre of FBI personnel deployed to the Middle East for year-long training in the Arabic language and culture, as well as the methods and techniques of foreign intelligence services. Returning to the New York Office in 2006, he assisted with developing the office’s first Human Intelligence Squad, focused on recruiting sources and assets across the investigative spectrum.

Newark Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie (full-size image)

In 2008, Mr. Ehrie was promoted to supervisor of the New York Office Domestic Terrorism Squad. In this position, he led a multi-agency task force responsible for investigating all domestic terrorism-related incidents within the greater New York area. During this assignment, Mr. Ehrie served a tour as acting legal attaché in Algiers, Algeria, where he worked with the host nation government on all FBI investigative matters with an emphasis on national security issues.

In May 2010, Mr. Ehrie was the responding on-scene commander when an unknown subject attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device in Times Square, New York City. Mr. Ehrie led the subsequent investigation into the bombing attempt and his squad identified, located, and arrested the bomber within 53 hours of the incident. Based on their efforts, Mr. Ehrie and his squad were the recipients of the 2011 Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.

In August, 2010, Mr. Ehrie was selected as an assistant inspector/team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters, where he conducted audits of field offices and programs throughout the FBI. In February 2012, Mr. Ehrie was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch for the Newark Field Office, where he served until being transferred to the Criminal Enterprise Branch in February 2013.

Director James B. Comey appointed Mr. Ehrie to the Senior Executive Service in October 2013 as section chief of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Section. In this position, Mr. Ehrie was responsible for all domestic terrorism investigations throughout the United States. Mr. Ehrie also oversaw the operations of the National Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism Office. In January, 2015, Director Comey promoted Mr. Ehrie to the position of special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division, New York Office.

Mr. Ehrie graduated in 1990 from Manhattan College in New York City, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication. He has also received executive certificates from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Ehrie was an officer in the United States Air Force and served throughout the United States and abroad, including assignments to Panama, Colombia, Kenya, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and the Emirate of Bahrain.