Suzanne Turner Named Assistant Director of the Inspection Division
Director Christopher Wray has named Suzanne Turner as the assistant director of the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington. The division conducts internal investigations, reviews operational performance and use-of-enforcement authorities in all investigative programs, and conducts special inquiries.
Ms. Turner most recently served as the special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office.
Ms. Turner joined the FBI as a special agent in 1998 and reported to the San Diego Field Office. She initially worked violent crime matters, but soon moved to investigating major Mexican narcotics cases. In 2001, while still in San Diego, she shifted to counterterrorism work as part of the team investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
In 2003, Ms. Turner transitioned to investigating public corruption in San Diego. She was promoted in 2007 to supervisory special agent and worked corporate, securities, and healthcare fraud and served as the white-collar crime and asset forfeiture manager. In 2011, she transferred to San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad.
Later in 2011, Ms. Turner was promoted to assistant inspector in the Inspection Division.
She returned to San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad in 2012 and was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s Intelligence Branch in 2014. As ASAC, she oversaw the field intelligence groups, the surveillance program, the foreign language unit, and other programs. In 2017, she was appointed ASAC of San Diego’s National Security Branch, responsible for counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, weapons of mass destruction, and other programs.
Ms. Turner was promoted to section chief in the Inspection Division at Headquarters in 2018. She was then promoted in 2020 to deputy assistant director of the Training Division and oversaw all operations at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Director Wray named her the special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office later in 2020.
Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Turner served as a sheriff’s deputy and a police officer in Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science in human resources management from Syracuse University.