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August 31, 2020

Suzanne Turner Named Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego Field Office

Director Christopher Wray has named Suzanne Turner as the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office. Ms. Turner most recently served as deputy assistant director of the Training Division.

Ms. Turner began her career as an FBI special agent in 1998 and was assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where she has spent much of her career. Initially, she was assigned to work violent crime, including bank robberies, but soon moved to investigating major Mexican narcotics cases.

In 2001, Ms. Turner transferred to work counterterrorism in San Diego as part of the team investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2003, she transitioned to investigate public corruption for several years.

In 2007, Ms. Turner was promoted to supervisory special agent in San Diego and worked corporate, securities, and health care fraud and served as the white-collar crime and asset forfeiture manager. In 2011, she transferred to San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad.

In late 2011, Ms. Turner was promoted to assistant inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She returned to San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad in 2012. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s Intelligence Branch, overseeing the Human Intelligence Squad, five field intelligence groups, the surveillance program, the foreign language unit, and other programs.

Ms. Turner shifted to assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s National Security Branch in 2017, responsible for counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, weapons of mass destruction, and other programs. She was promoted to Inspection Division section chief in 2018.

Ms. Turner was promoted to deputy assistant director of the Training Division in the beginning of 2020 and oversaw all operations at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The Academy provides training to all new agents and intelligence analysts and runs the National Academy for law enforcement executives.

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.